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Aquila for Sale - Airplanes and Rockets

It is apparent that my eyesight, even with new glasses, is still too poor to comfortably fly my Aquila at the distances often required during thermal flights. Therefore, rather than risk losing or damaging this beautiful craft, I have decided to offer it for sale. Please see details ...

First Flight: Diamond Aircraft's DART-450

First Flight: Diamond Aircraft's DART-450 - Airplanes and Rockets"The DART-450 (Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer) is the world's first all-carbon fiber tandem, 2-seat civilian and military trainer with a sidestick and pneumatic ejection seats, according to the company. The +7/-5G aerobatic airplane has a maximum take-off power of 500 hp, is equipped with the Ivchenko-Progress / Motor Sich AI-450S turboprop engine, a 5-blade MT propeller, and a GARMIN avionic system. Maximum endurance of the DART is 8 hours plus ..."

Control Line Airplanes Flying in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

Control Line Airplanes Flying in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." - Airplanes and RocketsMelanie and I were watching an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (season 2, episode 9, "The Deadly Toys Affair") and saw a scene where boys at a school in Switzerland were flying control line airplanes. Someone on the story writing side of "The Man U.N.C.L.E." must like model airplanes because they have appeared prominently in at least two episodes. "The Deadly Toys Affair" is about a boy nuclear energy genius (Jay North - aka "Dennis the Menace") who is in target of indoctrination and recruiting by the nefarious "Thrush" crime organization. U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo ...

Discovery May Help Engineers Design Quieter Jet Airplanes

Discovery May Help Engineers Design Quieter Jet Airplanes - Airplanes and Rockets"If you've ever experienced the exceptionally powerful and reverberating sounds of a jet during takeoff, you likely won't be surprised that the noise produced by jet engines is ranked among the loudest of human-generated noises. Understanding jet noise is an intriguing fundamental problem of fluid physics -- beguiling researchers for more than 60 years. Some of this fascination with jet noise stems from the fact that seemingly random fluctuations associated with flow turbulence produce strikingly ordered acoustic fields. In other words: If we can understand ..."

Airbus Perlan 2 Glider Will Fly to Edge of Space at 90,000'

Airbus Perlan 2 Glider Will Fly to Edge of Space at 90,000' - Airplanes and Rockets"A daring plan to fly a glider to the edge of space is a step closer after a successful test flight on Sunday. The Perlan 2 glider hopes to create aviation history by soaring to 90,000 feet - 17 miles up - higher than any plane has gone before. The existing record of 85,000 ft is held by an American spy plane, the Lockheed SR-71 'Blackbird'. But that plane got there using powerful jet engines. The Perlan 2 glider - which has an 85 ft (5.5m) wingspan, weighs less than one tonne and has previously only hit altitudes of around 50,000ft - will aim to get there by soaring on air currents rising off mountains ...

The G-Engines Are Coming

The G-Engines Are Coming!, November 1956 Young Men • Hobbies • Aviation • Careers - Airplanes and RocketsAccording to what I have found during Internet searches, this "The G-Engines Are Coming" article is a much-sought-after story. It appeared in the November 1956 issue of Young Men magazine (a 13-month-long title existing between Air Trails and American Modeler). An article in the October 1958 issue of American Modeler titled "Anti-Grav" referenced this story. Until Mr. Bob Balsie for scanned the pages from his rare copy of the original magazine, it was available nowhere. Science fiction writers are fascinated with the concept of anti-gravitational devices. More than one false premises forms the basis of this article, the most notable of which is a claim of the existence of a "g-particle" ...

Watch Mercury Sail Across the Sun

Watch Mercury Sail Across the Sun - RF Cafe"On Monday, you can watch Mercury sail across the sun. It’s an astronomical event known as the Mercury transit, and it occurs about a dozen times a century. During the trip, the planet will appear as a black speck awash in the sun’s light. You can track its celestial silhouette for about seven hours, starting around 7:12 a.m. Eastern and ending around 2:42 p.m. Depending on the weather, it should be visible from most parts of the world, except for Australia, New Zealand and parts of East Asia. The best way to view it is through a telescope or on several live streams, but don't try to sneak a peak with your ...

FAA Grants 1st Approval for Night Commercial UAV Flights

FAA Grants 1st Approval for Night Commercial UAV Flights - Airplanes and Rockets"For the first time, the FAA has authorized commercial night flights by a UAV operator. The U.S. branch of Toronto-based Industrial Skyworks has been given the authority to conduct aerial inspections of buildings and roofs using specially-equipped UAVs flown by qualified pilots, according to The Wall Street Journal. The FAA had previously required all commercial activity to end at sunset. In a 24-page decision, FAA flight standards service chief John Duncan said that the ruling came after 16 months ..."

Low-Boom Supersonic Jet in Development

Low-Boom Supersonic Jet in Development - Airplanes and RocketsThe sonic boom created by previous supersonic passenger aircraft such as Concorde led to them being restricted to trans-oceanic journeys. However, Spike claims its S-512 Supersonic Jet will be able to break the sound barrier with a diminished sonic boom, opening up trans-continental routes across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. 'Sure, there is a market for high-boom supersonic jets that only fly over water,' said Vik Kachoria, Spike Aerospace president and CEO. 'But there is a much bigger demand for low-boom jets that can fly supersonic everywhere ..."

Lockheed C-130 Hercules Control Line Model

Lockheed C-130 Hercules Control Line Model, June 1956 Young Men • Hobbies • Aviation • Careers - Airplanes and RocketsThe Lockheed C-130 has long been my favorite post-World War II four-engine airplane, and I have vowed to someday build a control line model of it. This construction article from a 1956 issue of Young Men magazine might provide just the impetus needed to start the process since it includes highly detailed plans and assembly drawings. Lockheed toolmaker Henry 'Hank' Edwards designed and built the original model using first two .19 engines and then converting to four .09 engines. My model, if it ever becomes a reality, will use four brushless electric ...

Historic Boeing 47D Airliner Makes Final Flight

Historic Boeing 47D Airliner Makes Final Flight - Airplanes and Rockets"With the final flight of the oldest flyable twin-engine Boeing airliner, the world has witnessed a little bit of aviation history. Pilots Mike Carriker and Chad Lundy wrote the final chapter Tuesday in the story of Boeing's 247D. They touched down for a smooth landing at Boeing Field outside Seattle's Museum of Flight in Washington. Welcomed by aviation enthusiasts, the crowd broke out in applause as the plane - sporting a mid-1930s United Air Lines livery - went wheels down after a 15-minute hop from nearby Paine Field in Everett ..."

Flying Tigers Group Readies C-47 for Chinese Museum

Flying Tigers Group Readies C-47 for Chinese Museum - Airplanes and Rockets"Guilin, China's Flying Tiger Guilin Heritage Park, beautifully designed and comparable to any of the more modern Smithsonian buildings in Washington, D.C., will receive a Douglas C-47 Skytrain in August like those that flew the Hump, if everything goes right. Everything must go right because there is barely enough money to bring it from Australia, where it was restored by a former owner. The planned date for the flight is Aug. 15. The aircraft, nicknamed Buzz Buggy, was acquired two years ago by the Flying Tiger Historical Organization headed by Larry ..."

"Modelling Traders' Ads", June 1960 Aero Modeller

"Modelling Traders' Ads", June 1960 Aero Modeller - Airplanes and RocketsBearwood Models in Birmingham, Model Supply Stores in Manchester, B.M.W Models in London, Hert's Hobbyshop in Stevenage, The Model Shop in Leeds, Caldonia Model Co. in Glasgow, Westbourne Model Supplies in Bournemouth, Model Aircraft Supplies Ltd. in London, Redgates in Sheffield, Roland Scott (the modeling specialist) in Bolton, Le-Core Bros. in Rochester, Howe's Model Shop in Oxford, Radar Co. Ltd in Hong Kong, Central Aircraft Co. Pty. in Australia. Those are all hobby shops of Jolly Old England (and her territories) of the bygone days listed in a 1960s issue of Aero Modeller magazine. Some might still be ...

California Declares April 'Aviation Awareness Month'

California Legislature Declares April 'Aviation Awareness Month' - Airplanes and RocketsThe Alliance for Aviation Across America issued a statement applauding the California Legislature for declaring April 2016 'Aviation Awareness Month.' In California, general aviation contributes over $30.2 billion to the state’s total economic output. 'We thank the California Legislature for issuing this proclamation and helping to raise awareness about general aviation's vital contribution to California. We thank, in particular, Senator Jean Fuller and Assembly Member Jim Patterson, co-chairs of the Aviation Caucus, for introducing this legislation and for their ongoing support of aviation in California ..."

Final Edition of Young Men: Farewell Message

Final Edition Farewell Message, November 1956 Young Men • Hobbies • Aviation • Careers - Airplanes and RocketsFollowing on the heels of Air Trails: Hobbies for Young Men magazine (October 1928 through October 1955) was the replacement Young Men • Hobbies • Aviation • Careers. It lasted for a mere 13 issues before being re-named American Modeler. This issue, November 1956, was the final edition, and included an announcement of the name change. The reason given was that readers were more interested in a concentration on strictly aeromodeling topics. Personally, I liked the mix of full-scale aircraft and aerospace career articles along with the modeling aspect ...

Lucile Wright Air Museum & Planetarium, Jamestown, NY

Lucile M. Wright Air Museum and Planetarium, Jamestown, New York - Airplanes and RocketsJust before Christmas 2015, Melanie and I made a trip to Jamestown, New York, and visited Lucile M. Wright Air Museum. Is it located in downtown Jamestown at 300 North Main Street. There are plenty of areas with unmetered parking, so save yourself a couple quarters by driving a block or two to find it. Admission is free. We were met at the door by Mr. Christopher Centi, Planetarium Director and Space Science Coordinator. Since we were the sole visitors at the time, Chris provided a very informative, personal tour. There was a good reason why we were alone in there - unbeknownst to us, the museum had officially closed for the day a couple minutes before our arrival. It wasn't until after leaving that we realized Chris stayed around for thirty minutes just for our sake ...

Pouring and Covering with Microfilm

Pouring and Covering with Microfilm, February 1971 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsEven though I have never attempted to build a model covered with microfilm, it is easy to appreciate what a delicate task properly preparing the solution, covering the frame, and handling the delicate airframe is, along with the precision handling required to obtain the correct film thickness and coverage. There have probably been improvements in microfilm solutions and airframe materials and gluing techniques, but ultimately you need to form the film on the wing, tail, and propeller surfaces., so this article should still be useful for contemporary indoor flyers ...

Japan Succeeds in Test Flight of 1st Stealth Fighter Jet

Japan Succeeds in Test Flight of 1st Stealth Fighter Jet - Airplanes and Rockets"Japan's first stealth fighter jet successfully took to the skies on Friday as the country joins a select group of world military powers wielding the radar-dodging technology. Technological super power Japan, despite strict constitutional constraints on the use of military force imposed after World War II, has one of the world's most advanced defence forces and the development of the stealth fighter comes as it faces new security challenges in the form of China's expanding force posture. The domestically developed X-2 jet took off from Nagoya airport in central Japan on its maiden test flight as dozens of aviation ..."

Model Engine Import Review

Model Engine Import Review, March 1957 Model Airplane News - Airplanes and RocketsFour new imported model airplane engines - three diesel and one glow fuel - are extensively reviewed in this 1957 issue of Model Airplanes News. All are without throttle (R/C was very new at the time). The glow fuel powered Enya 15 Model 3101 with bushed bearings arrived from Japan. A Frog 249 and Elfin diesel, both from England, incorporated twin ball bearings on the drive shaft. Finally, from Germany came the Graupner Taifun Super 21, also with a pair of ball bearings ...

Comic from the June 1960 Aeromodeller, page 323

Comic from June 1960 Aeromodeller (p323) - Airplanes and RocketsThis aeromodelling comic appeared in the June 1960 issue of the British modeling magazine Aeromodeller. This is the first comic on page 8 of many comics from vintage editions of American Modeler, Air Trails, Flying Models, and other great publications of yesteryear. A list of links to the other comics are at the bottom of the page. Enjoy ...

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