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New Era Beckons for Supersonic
Air Travel

New Era Beckons for Supersonic Air Travel - Airplanes and Rockets"Supersonics are back. Around the world, aerospace companies and organizations, including NASA, are developing the technology that will allow passengers once again to fly at faster than the speed of sound. The first of this new breed of aircraft could be flying early in the 2020s. It was way back in 2003 that Concorde was retired. The airliner entered service in 1976 but was hobbled by complaints that it ..."

Meet the Grid Dipper... the Best Friend an R/C Fan Ever Had 

Meet the Grid Dipper... the Best Friend an R/C Fan Ever Had, January 1956 Young Men • Hobbies • Aviation • Careers - Airplanes and RocketsA grid dip meter (aka a grid dip oscillator, dipper, or dipmeter) has long been the instrument of choice for fine tuning LC-tuned receivers for maximum sensitivity at a particular frequency. It is a simple device that oscillates at a predetermined frequency and has a meter in the grid bias circuit to measure current. When the grid dip meter tuning circuit's inductor is in close proximity to an external inductor-capacitor tank circuit that is tuned to the 'dipper's' output frequency, the grid current exhibits a significant reduction in value - hence the name grid dip meter. Modern versions no longer use vacuum tubes that have screen grids, but the name persists even with the use of transistors that, for BJTs, have a base junction and FETs, that have a gate ...

PAAckhorse Article & Plans

PAAckhorse Article & Plans, March 1957 Model Airplane News - Airplanes and RocketsPAA Load (pronounced 'payload') class competition was originally sponsored by Pan American Airlines (PAA) in an effort to attract young men into the realm of aviation, in hopes of bolstering its workforce of mechanics, design engineers, loadmasters, maintenance workers, and even administrators. It was similar to the way the U.S. Navy used to sponsor and host the Nationals competition for the AMA. Part of the goal of PAA Load events was to design and fly model airplanes that could carry 'cargo' of a specific size and weight for a certain length of time using an airframe limited to regulation lifting surface area (wing + tail). In order to emphasize the relationship to 'real world' aviation, a dummy pilot figure was (and still is) also required. See chapter ...

Gear Rack Kits from Servo City

HS-785HB Gear Rack Kit - Airplanes and RocketsThere are applications, especially in your large scale projects, that extended linear motion is required to actuate a particular function. Rather than spend you valuable time devising a mechanism of your own, you might want to check out Servo City's line of Gear Rack kits. They are integrated onto servos that plug directly into a standard R/C receiver. The 785 Gear Rack Kit, for example, comes with a Hitec HS-785HB servo that has been modified to provide up to 6.7" of linear travel ...

U.S. Army Unveils Anti Drone Cannon

U.S. Army Unveils Anti Drone Cannon - Airplanes and Rockets"Smart missiles that can change course mid flight have been shown off blowing up drones in a groundbreaking US military test.. The Enhanced Area Protection and Survivability system was originally intended to shoot down missiles. However, Army bosses said the rising threat of drones led to it being adapted to blast them out of the sky. During the latest test at Yuma ..."

Airnocker Floatplane

Airnocker Article & Plans, March 1957 Model Airplane News - Airplanes and RocketsIf you have ever wanted to try your hand (thumbs, to be more specific) at a floatplane, then this 1/2A size Aeronca Champion is just the ticket. Although designed by Walt Mooney as a free flight ROW model that easily converts between wheels and floats, modifications to 3 or 4 channel radio control would be a snap, especially since the plans show separate construction for the control surfaces along the hinge line. With about a 46" wingspan and lightweight but strong construction, this model could easily have been designed with modern electric power and micro R/C in mind (you can scale the plans to whatever size you prefer). When I saw the photo of the 2-section wing with a plywood center joiner and removable floats, wheels and struts, it reminded me of an RTF type ...

Vertigo VTOL Control Line Model

Vertigo Article & Plans, September 1972 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsWebsite visitor Robert S. wrote to ask that I post the text of this article for the Vertigo control line model. He already has the plans. Vertigo is a very unique model in that it has the form of a box kite, is designed to take off and land vertically, and uses a third line for throttle control to enable the VTOL function. A .15 size engine will do the job according to the designer, although a .19 is shown on the plans. An electric motor could be substituted for glow, but there is no direct equivalent to the third line throttle for a motor controller. There are schemes where an R/C transmitter and receiver are used for throttle control, but that is a cumbersome implementation. There have been attempts to send the control signal down an insulated third line, but ...

Blue Origin Rocket Makes 1st
Successful Vertical Landing

Blue Origin Rocket Makes 1st Successful Vertical Landing - Airplanes and RocketsOn November 23, 2015, Blue Origin's commercial space flight rocket booster made its first successful return to earth while landing vertically under rocket power. This feat goes to show that sometimes you really do 'need to be a rocket scientists' to get certain things done. While NASA, under the President's directive, focuses on a 'Muslim outreach,' and abandons our manned space flight delivery vehicle program (i.e., no more Space Shuttles) the boys and girls at Blue Origins are getting the job done. It's a day of victory for good old American ingenuity, and a day of defeat for NASA ...

"We Were Bombed in Paris!"

"We Were Bombed in Paris!", January 1941 Flying Aces - Airplanes and RocketsThis could be a title from a story written within the last week, only instead of radical Nazi terrorists being the culprits it would be radical Islamic terrorists. In early 1941, the time when this article appeared in Air Trails: Hobbies for Young Men magazine, America was not yet formally engaged in world War II, although we were by proxy since our military supplied a lot of equipment and training to Allied forces. The story's author, Lt. Thomas McBride, was an American airman who helped train French pilots and actually fly missions against the "Boche" Luftwaffe. It might interest you to know that Hitler's Germany and the Islamic country of Persia (Iran) had close diplomatic ties ...

Andrews Aircraft Models S-Ray Kit

Andrews Aircraft Models S-Ray - Airplanes and RocketsThe Andrew Aircraft Model Company (AAMCo) produced a radio control airplane, the S-Ray, that I really had the most success with when learning to fly RC. An advertisement from a 1964 edition of RC Modeler is shown to the left. It includes both the S-Ray and the H-Ray. I do not even remember what engine I had in it - most likely something really cheap that ran poorly. I probably also still had the OS Digital 3-channel radio control system in it, which would explain why I can remember running after it with the transmitter held ... After years of watching eBay for an S-Ray kit that would sell within my budgetary range (~$100), I finally won an auction a couple months ago. The kit is in excellent condition and appears to include all the original ...

Quiet Bird: Boeing’s Secret 1960s
Stealth Plane Concept

Quiet Bird: Boeing’s Secret 1960s Stealth Plane Concept - Airplanes and Rockets"Boeing has decided to reveal a little secret from the past. The aircraft manufacturer has recently revealed their super-secret 1960s stealth plane experiment: the Model 853 'Quiet Bird,' a U.S. Army observation airplane study. What is sometimes called 'invisible' aircraft is actually visible to the naked eye but can't be caught on radar. This means that the aircraft can enter the airspace of a country without being traced, allowing for 'stealth' attacks. Boeing's 'Quiet Bird' was one of the first test studies of this kind ..."

Airbus 'Concorde 2' VTOL Could Fly
New York to London in Just 1 Hour

Airbus 'Concorde 2' VTOL Could Fly from New York to London in Just 1 Hour - Airplanes and Rockets"It looks like a futuristic craft from the children's TV series Thunderbirds, but this sleek design could actually be for a Concorde-2 hypersonic airliner. The designs are based on a patent awarded to Airbus in July, which describes a craft that climbs vertically into the air before breaking the sound barrier as it travels horizontally across the sky. Dubbed Concorde-2 because it would be much faster and quieter than the retired supersonic jet, the plane is ..."

Cleveland Model & Supply Company

Cleveland Model & Supply Company Advertisement, January 1941 Flying Aces - Airplanes and RocketsI can think of no better way to kick off the 2015 Christmas Season than with this 1940-era full-page advertisement by Cleveland Model & Supply Company. The company is still in business today, albeit with a much reduced inventory line. Per their website, "Cleveland Model & Supply Company, the oldest, continuously-operating model airplane company in the world, was founded in 1926 by Edward T. Pachasa (later Packard). Mr. Packard started the business with his four brothers, his mother and father in their residence and a converted barn near West 57th Street and Bridge Avenue, on the west side of Cleveland Ohio ..."

PowerUp FPV - Live Streaming
Paper Airplane Drone

PowerUp FPV Live Streaming Paper Airplane Drone - Airplanes and Rockets"It's a bird. It' a plane. Well, sort of. It's you, flying atop your very own paper airplane... It's PowerUp FPV: the first ever paper airplane drone with a live streaming camera! PowerUp FPV lets you experience flight as if you were sitting in the cockpit of your very own paper airplane. Wearing your smartphone with a head-mounted display, you see what your plane sees, controlling your paper drone with intuitive movements of your head. We teamed up with the leading minds at Parrot® to create the world's most incredible live streaming technology, giving you the thrill and exhilaration of flying up to 300 feet in the air ..."

Vought-Sikorsky OS2U-1
Observation Scout Plans

Vought-Sikorsky OS2U-1 Observation Scout Plans, February 1941 Flying Aces - Airplanes and RocketsSolid wood scale models was a fairly popular form of modeling in the 1930s through about the 1950s. Many people who desired to participate in the hobby could not afford to buy flying model kits or even buy raw materials to build from scratch, and even plastic scale kits could be beyond the budget, so carving their favorite plane out of a solid block of pine, fir, bass, or some other readily available softwood was undertaken instead. This Vought-Sikorsky OS2U-1 Observation Scout (aka Kingfisher) appeared in the February 1941 issue of Flying Aces ...

NASA "Journey to the Moon" Poster

NASA "Journey to the Moon" Poster - Airplanes and RocketsSometime in the fall of 1969, the year the Apollo 11 crew made the world's first manned landing on the Moon, Melanie's family took a vacation from their home in Middletown, Maryland, to Florida. Along with a stop at Sea World, they visited Cape Canaveral. Whilst there, she bought this "Journey to the Moon" wall poster. It has sat folded in an archive box for decades, so finally a couple days ago I decided it really should be on display. Since our house is only 940 sq. ft., there is not a lot of surplus wall area for a rather large poster. It now graces the back of our bedroom door. The poster is a great reminder of the glory days of American manned space flight and exploration program. As of this date, the U.S. no longer has a manned space effort that includes a ...

"Pirata" Twin-Engine Control Liner

"Pirata" Twin, January 1956 Young Men • Hobbies • Aviation • Careers - Airplanes and RocketsIf you are a control line flyer and have been itching to build your first twin-engine model, then this Pirata might be just what you've been looking for. The plans and building article appeared in the January 1956 issue of Young Men magazine. It features a built-up wing and profile fuselage and tail section pieces that will make it a quick build. Power on the original was a pair of OK Cub .099s, but you can easily convert to a couple electric motors. Wingspan is only 32" so even with two powerplants it won't be a budget buster ...

Watch Massive Drone Launch and
Recover Another Drone in Flight

Watch This Massive Drone Launch and Recover Another Drone in Flight - Airplanes and Rockets"This thing is called FLARES, for Flying Launch and Recovery System, and it's been flying since late 2014, with the first successful launch and recovery taking place this past August. Insitu is the maker of the ScanEagle UAV and the company says FLARES can handle a 'low-weight ScanEagle,' which is probably 18 to 20 kilograms in total weight: quite a payload. The launch is mostly self-explanatory: the ScanEagle gets hauled up a few hundred feet, throttles up, and ..."

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