The Batplane, later known as the Batwing, is the fictional aircraft for the comic book superhero Batman. The vehicle was
introduced in "Batman Versus The Vampire, I", published in Detective Comics #31 in 1939, a story which saw Batman
travel to continental Europe. In this issue it was referred to as the "Batgyro", The aircraft designed specifically for the 1989
Batman movie, was designed by Anton Furst and constructed as a model by Derek Meddings. The vehicle was deliberately
designed after the sickle-shape of the movie's Bat-symbol. At least five models were created of the aircraft at various sizes
and scales, with only one (seen burning on the Cathedral steps) created in full-scale. Other models included an 8ft, fully
automated model, a 2ft model and a 1" model. A full-size segment of the cockpit was created in front of a blue-screen set for
close-up shots of Michael Keaton piloting the craft.

The Batwing's crash sequence was shot on a 1/12 scale miniature set and the aircraft model used was created out of pewter
to ensure that it would break-up on impact... "Batman is on his strafing run at the Joker, gattling guns a blazing and rockets
a firing, never the less, the Joker pulls his pistol (with a four foot barrel on it) from his pocket and with "One Shot" brings
down the Batwing." Now THAT'S Hollywood !

Although the notion of Batman possessing and flying a Bat-themed aircraft has been around in comics since 1939, the
Batman 1989 film first introduced the classification of "Batwing". The movie's Batwing was also the first of any
Bat-aircraft to be physically shaped after the Bat-emblem to such a degree. Following its appearance, comics and other
media began to adopt the classification and excentric shape of the vehicle onto other Bat-aircraft; usually one-man fighter
crafts piloted by Batman himself. Fictional Altitude Ceiling: 60,000 ft. Fictional Maximum Speed: 4,400 mph

This plane is made from the LOOP Energy Drink
but can be made from any 12 or 16 oz Beverage Can.

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Manual # 40