About Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
Carpe Diem!
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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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Model Aviation in the News Archive #14
Model Airplane News / Model Helicopter News / Model Rocket News

In order to provide for a reasonable homepage loading time, it is impractical to just keep adding items to the top of the stack and keep all the old stuff there too. Therefore, I have created these Airplanes and Rockets Homepage Archives to maintain a historical snapshot of everything once on the homepage. Unfortunately, I did not think to keep a record until around Fall of 2009; I had just been deleting items from the bottom of the stack. No more, though. Hence forth, if you recall seeing something on the homepage but it is no longer there, please check out these archive pages. I also keep an archive of all the modeling news additions:

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Flame Retardant in Li-Ion Batteries Could Quench Fires

Japan's Low-Cost Rocket Fails at 1st Launch

Report Outlines Risks for Drones Flying Beyond Line of Sight

 

 

21 HS Students Win AOPA Scholarships

RC Planes Take Flight in Dayton

Register for the UAS4STEM Search & Rescue Challenge!

Ouch! Going to Space Is Bad for Astronauts' Backs

Lithium-Metal Battery Doubles Energy Density of Existing Technology

AOPA Announces >$156k in Scholarships

Russian Hypersonic Glider Can Penetrate Any Missile Defense

National Museum of the USAF Opens 4th Building

Army Mulls Hybrid Electric for Next Gen Drones

Unusual Alloy Brings Magnesium-Ion Batteries Closer

Georgia Tech Student Designs Fuel-Cell Plane

India Performs Successful Space Shuttle Test Launch

Airbus Awarded Patent for 293 mph 'Hypercopter'

British Drone-Freezing Ray Gets U.S. Airports Trial

Thunderbirds, Blue Angels Have Accidents on Same Day

Low-Boom Supersonic Jet in Development

FAA Grants 1st Approval for Night Commercial UAV Flights

Robot Bee with Electrostatic Adhesion Pad

Japan Succeeds in Test Flight of 1st Stealth Fighter Jet

First Flight: Diamond Aircraft's DART-450 

Introducing People to General Aviation

Discovery May Help Engineers Design Quieter Jet Airplanes

California Declares April 'Aviation Awareness Month'

Airbus Patent Reveals Latest Design for Mach 4.5 SST

Drone Laws Tightened in Japan As Police Deploy Air-to-Air Take-down Unit

B-17 Flying Fortress to Join Collings Foundation

Subscale Glider Makes 1st Flight

Robinson R66 Passes Long-Awaited Snow Test

Solar Impulse Airplane Fully Funded

Airplane Safety System Proposes Escape Capsule for Civil Aircraft

Texas Billionaire's Supersonic Jet Advances with Factory Plans

U.S. Prisons Looking for Drone-Killing Systems

Dream Chaser Preps for 2nd Free-Flight Test and First Orbital Test

Single-Digit Data Entry Glitch Led to Plane Tail Strike

UK Astronaut Dreams of Heavenly Christmas Pudding

NASA Reveals Successful Test of 'Impossible' Fuel-Free Engine

World View's Balloon-Based Space Tourism to Lift off in 2017

Drone Crash Causes Hollywood Electricity Blackout

Thousands of Photos from NASA's Apollo Missions Uploaded Online

World View's Balloon-Based Space Tourism to Lift off in 2017

FAA to Impose Drone Registration Rules by End of 2015

China Launches New Type of Carrier Rocket

Man Shoots down Neighbor's Drone for 'Watching His Wife'

FAA Proposes Nearly $2 Million Fine to Drone Operator for Restricted Flights

After Government Green Light, Commercial Drones Set to Take Off

Bezos to Locate Commercial Rocket Base in Florida

Secrets of Soviet Space Race Come to London

Airports Test Unmanned Traffic Control Towers

Anti-Drone Defense Revealed in London

AMA Youth Membership Reaches 50,000

Drone Tests Flexible Wings for Reducing Sonic Booms

DARPA's Gremlins Could Cut Costs of Attack Drones

FAA Releases B4UFLY App Beta Test for UAS Users

Sony / Aerosense R/C VTOL Maiden Flight

Space Station Astronaut Takes Stunning Aurora Photo

Hypersonic Passenger Planes a Reality by 2030

National Air and Space Museum Raises $720,000 to Save Spacesuits

Pentagon Plans to Boost Drone Flights by 50%

AMA to FAA: Hold Irresponsible 'Drone' Operators Accountable

How to Knock Down Drones with Loud Noises

NASA Tests the 'Ferrari of Rocket Engines' for Mission to Mars

Greenwich Prime Meridian Has Moved 334 Feet (102 Meters)

UAS Autonomous Human Personal Transport

2015 AMA Nats News Wrap-up

Man Comes Forward After Woman Knocked Out by Drone

Boeing to Continue Work on Developing XS-1 Reusable Hypersonic Unmanned Spacecraft

Long Island Man Parks Plane in Driveway

433 Hot Air Balloons Soar into the Record Books

EM Rocket Drive Could Get to Moon in 4 Hours

AltusMetrum - Open Source Hardware & Software for High-Powered Model Rockets

Dreams of Legally Slapping Drones out of the Sky May Come True

Microsoft Open-Sources Its Worldwide Telescope

Downsized Rutan Designs at Oshkosh

Spain and Chile Will Host Next-Generation Gamma-Ray Observatory

Battery Damage Grounds Solar Impulse 2 Until 2016

U.S. Astronomers Call for Space Telescope with 12m Mirror (Hubble is 2.4m)

Homebuilt Aircraft Designer Jim Bede Passes at 82

Commercial Drones at the Cusp

Tiny Man-Carrying Electric Plane Flies (w/video)

Airbus E-Fan All-Electric Plane Crosses English Channel (w/video)

Utility Drones Could Inspect Equipment, Scan for Outages

USA Today: "FAA Rules Clip Hobbyists' Wings"

Solar Impulse 2 Lands in Hawaii

Drone Owner Comes Forward After Knocking out Woman

NASA Prototypes Drone Aircraft Destined for Mars

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Anomaly Apparently in Booster's 2nd Stage

Airline World's Tiny secret: Infatuation with Model Planes

Russia Tested Hypersonic Glide Vehicle in February

Solar Impulse Japan to Hawaii Flight Postponed Again

Plane Sailing: The Seaplane of the Future?

Jack King, 'Voice of NASA,' Dies at 84

Self-Healing Aircraft Wing Technology One Step Closer

Plane Spotting at the Paris Airshow

OKU UAV Woos Paris Air Show

Self-Healing Aircraft Wing Technology One Step Closer

Silent Flight: Developing Hybrid Aircraft

2015 AMA Scholarship Winners Announced

Boeing Patents Drone That Can Fly Forever

Google's Solar-Fueled Cyber Drone Crashes