Life-Sized Superman And Iron Man Planes Reach New Heights

Category: Media & Culture / Jul 03, 2013 2:26PM EDT

It's a bird…It's a plane…It's a radio-controlled Superman! A few people looking up at the Southern California sky this year may have seen a life-sized Superman flying around in the daytime.

Designer and engineer Otto Dieffenbach and his business partner Ed Hanley run a small start-up company that makes radio-controlled planes that can look like your favorite comic book characters, mainly for commercial promotion.

"My interest went up exponentially as I discovered the new materials and new technologies that were available that weren't available back in the 60s and 70s," Dieffenbach told Reuters. "And as I got into it I was invited to be one of the fliers for the golfers at Torrey Pines and I had actually designed those golfers and coming out of that I realize that there was a business here to enhance brands for particular corporations making flying figures."

After experimenting with different materials the two men settled on a very light styrofoam.

Their creations are not limited to just Superman and his cohorts. According to their website,, "If you can imagine it; we can make it fly."

"We envision just about any character you can think of flying and adding a dimension that's never been used before," said Hanley. "There are banners and there's planes that fly pulling a big banner but to actually see a character, a life-size character fly in the stadium or at an event, down the beach, wherever is just brand-new. No one's ever seen that, it just blows everybody's mind."

The company's roster of aerial images includes the aforementioned Man of Steel, Iron Man and Ms. Emerson, a flying lady adorned with wings, and can reach speeds of up to 30 mph.

Video Credit: Reuters