Check out this video, in which three different drones strike an airplane in tests for the Hungarian Hub in Aviation, Legter.hu. Two of the drones that are sacrificed in the test are Phantoms from DJI. The airplane that was used is an Antonov An-2. Some of the drone collisions took place mid-flight which is believed to be a word’s first.
Drones strike airplane in Hungarian collision tests
The drone collision tests with the Antonov airplane took place at the Szatymaz airport in Hungary. The footage was recorded with a Weisscam HS-2 with a Canon PLS 17-120mm Lens that can record up to 2,000 frames per second for about 8 seconds.
During the tests, it becomes clear that drones weighing less than 6.6 Lbs are not expected to do much damage to a propeller airplane. The incurred damage for the most part depends on mass and speed. Drones would be considered more dangerous for turbine-driven jet airplanes. The Antonov An-2 was flown at speeds of around 60 mph and very low to the ground.
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