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Home Page Archive (page 2)

These archive pages are provided in order to make it easier for you to find items that you remember seeing on the RF Cafe homepage. Of course probably the easiest way to find anything on the website is to use the "Search AAR" box at the top of every page.

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JETicopter Advertisement, January 1952 Air Trails

JETicopter Advertisement, January 1952 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsFlying model helicopters of any sort were fairly rare in 1952, when this edition of Air Trails magazine hit the news stands. The sophisticated, miniaturized, smart stabilization systems of today's models were not available at any price, and radio control was the realm of military research vehicles. Methods for driving the rotors included glow and gas engines, rubber bands, and even Jetex engines. Many free flight helicopters sported the JETicopter's arrangement of a pair of engines at the end of a moment arm which caused rotation. Cox .010 and .020 engines were a popular choice, as were the Jetex engines. I always wondered what happened when ...

Crosley 03CB Vintage Console Radio for Sale on eBay

Crosley 03CB Vintage Console Radio - RF CafeEvery couple years a Crosley 03CB console radio shows up on eBay. I keep a Saved Search to get an e-mail when one becomes available, mainly to get an idea of how many are still around. My research based on Newspaper.com issues of old newspaper advertisements indicates the Crosley 03CB models were primarily sold in the PA, NJ, NY, DE, CT, OH, and MD areas. Per the eBay listing: "Working condition, lights up and plays some stations. Need some refinishing on the cabinet." If you are looking for a restoration project, this would be a good subject for only $50. As can be seen from my restored Crosley 03CB radio, the cabinet and electronics are very robust and attractive. It's worth a look ...

Alpha Male Flirts with Bravo Airspace on a Sightseeing Excursion

Alpha Male Flirts with Bravo Airspace on a Sightseeing Excursion - Airplanes and Rockets"It was a beautiful Sunday morning, and nobody was flying. My open-cockpit biplane, a Great Lakes 2T-1A-1, was just the answer for a relaxing start to the day. It's a great airplane for sightseeing. It flies low and slow, and turns on a dime. I departed Montgomery Airport (KMYF) in San Diego and put down at nearby Gillespie Field (KSEE) for a delicious cheese omelet. When I departed, it was still a ghost town; the Gillespie controller even offered an intersection departure on the perpendicular runway, just for fun. I departed into the clear, gorgeous empty sky. What could possibly go wrong? I let my instincts ..."

Who Flew What in the 1962 American Radio Plane Championships

Who Flew What in the American Radio Plane Championships, 1963 Annual Edition American Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsThe 1962 AMA Nationals competition was considered the first major contest for scale radio controlled airplanes. To wit, this article from the 1963 Annual edition of American Modeler, says R/C scale "finally 'came of age.'" Proportional radio sets were becoming common and the reliability of the airborne electronics and batteries was going up while weight and size was coming down. Modelers were much more willing to trust the radios to safely control models that often took many hundreds of hours to build. Sharing frequencies at or near to the 27 MHz band allocated by the FCC to R/C was still a huge risk, but the venues of major contests provided protected areas that were far enough from most interference ...

Drones Technology Changes the Face of Combat

Drones Technology Changes the Face of Combat - Airplanes and Rockets"Drones are not, as is often assumed, a 21st-century develop­ment. Far from it. Their history goes back more than 100 years, but the rate at which they are changing our everyday life continues to accelerate. So we thought it is worth looking back and seeing where the concept came from, how it developed, and where it stands today. Given the current rate of change, it's obvious we're only seeing the tip of what is going to turn out to be a very big technological and cultural iceberg. Drones constitute a fundamental transformation in both military and civilian realms. In an unmanned air system (UAS), the miniaturization in technologies ..."

Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon (April 1938 Boys' Life Article) - Airplanes and Rockets1938 was still two decades away from when America would launch its first Earth-orbiting satellite and three decades from when man would first walk on the moon, yet work was well underway by enthusiastic aerospace engineers, scientists, astronomers, project managers, and others to accomplish those goals. While this Boys' Life article boasts of rockets attaining speeds of 800 miles per hour, leaving Earth's gravitational pull for a trip to the moon would require a escape velocity of 25,000 miles per hour. Telescopes powerful enough to survey the moon's surface for determining a safe location for landing were being readied with telescopes like constructed 200-inch Hale reflector ...

Albatross Robot Takes Flight

Albatross Robot Takes Flight - Airplanes and Rockets"MIT engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water’s surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat. In regions of high wind, the robot is designed to stay aloft, much like its avian counterpart. Where there are calmer winds, the robot can dip a keel into the water to ride like a highly efficient sailboat instead. The robotic system, which borrows from both nautical and biological designs, can cover a given distance using one-third as much wind as an albatross and traveling 10 times faster than a typical sailboat. The glider is also relatively lightweight, weighing about 6 pounds. The researchers hope ..."

Debunking Hitler's Luftwaffe

Debunking Hitler's Luftwaffe, May 1941 Flying Aces - Airplanes and RocketsLess than a year before the U.S. was officially drawn into World War II with surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, American fighter pilot Lieutenant Thomas McBride provided this first-hand report on what he perceived to be the current status of the German air force (Luftwaffe). While in France he noted bizarre behavior of young German pilots, often with no more than a few hours of flight instruction, making deadly rookie flying mistakes and strafing ambulances and farm animals for sport and blood lust. Older pilots with slower reflexes were put in higher performance aircraft and could not compete with younger British pilots, while plebes in the same airplanes could not, due to insufficient training, handle the power and maneuverability. Blacking out under high G forces and not allowing sufficient altitude for vertical bombing runs spelled the end to many Luftwaffe airmen ...

A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society

A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society - Airplanes and RocketsHaving been a typical kid in the 1960s and 70s, I had an Erector Set. It was Set 3 per my memory, based on remembering the box lid picture. You might recall a set or two of your own. Alfred Carlton Gilbert founded the A.C. Gilbert company in 1909 in Westville, Connecticut, and produced many varieties of Erector Sets, as well as other educational hobby items like chemistry sets (I had one of those, too). The A.C. Gilbert Engineering Society website has a really nice history on the company and lots of photos - including likely one of the Erector Set your parents gave you ...

Laser-Powered Robot Insect Achieves Lift Off

Laser-Powered Robot Insect Achieves Lift Off - Airplanes and Rockets"For robots of all sizes, power is a fundamental problem. Any robot that moves is constrained in one way or another by power supply, whether it's relying on carrying around heavy batteries, combustion engines, fuel cells, or anything else. It's particularly tricky to manage power as your robot gets smaller, since it's much more straightforward to scale these things up rather than down - and for really tiny robots (with masses in the hundreds of milligrams range), especially those that demand a lot of power, there really isn't a good solution. In practice, this means that on the scale of small insects ..."

SIG Manufacturing Company Advertisement c1963

SIG Manufacturing Company Advertisement, January/February 1963 American Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsSIG Manufacturing, forever located in Montezuma, Iowa, is among the ranks of a dwindling number of America's original model airplane kit and accessories makers and distributors. Sig's catalog from the early 1970s was the first hobby catalog I ever owned. You can bet I read it cover-to-cover many times, wishing to own everything on its pages. In case you don't know, the name SIG is a shortened version of Sigafoose, which is the last name of the company founders, Glen and Hazel Sigafoose. According to a press release, "In February 2011 SIG Manufacturing Co., Inc. was purchased by Herb Rizzo (President), David Martin (VP and General Manager), and Ron Petterec (VP) ...

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strip: January 25, 1942 Baltimore Morning Sun

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strips: January 25, 1942 Baltimore Morning Sun - Airplanes and RocketsThis is the January 25, 1942, "Flyin' Jenny" comic strip. The Baltimore Sun newspaper, published not far from where I grew up near Annapolis, Maryland, carried "Flyin' Jenny" from the late 1930s until the strip ended in the mid 1940s, so I saved a couple dozen from there. The first one I downloaded has a publication date of December 7, 1941 - that date "which will live in infamy," per President Roosevelt. Many Americans were receiving word over the radio of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor while reading this comic at the breakfast table. I expect that soon there will be World War II themes. "Flyin' Jenny," whose real name was Virginia Dare (what's in a name?), was a test pilot for Starcraft Aviation Factory who divided her time between wringing out new airplane designs and chasing ...

Helicopter to Accompany NASA's Next Mars Rover to Red Planet

Helicopter to Accompany NASA's Next Mars Rover to Red Planet - RF Cafe"Promising results from recent ground testing and a funding boost provided by a new NASA budget passed by Congress earlier this year helped NASA leadership decide that the 4-pound Mars Helicopter could be ready in time for launch with the space agency's next rover mission in July 2020. 'You should see the big smile on my face right now,' said Mimi Aung, project manager for the Mars Helicopter mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. 'It's phenomenal because this has never been done before.' In an interview with Spaceflight Now on Friday, Aung said nearly 5 years ..."

Easily Made Fiberglass Cowls

Easily Made Fiberglass Cowls, 1962 Annual Edition American Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsWebsite visitor Dan T. (see his photos from a decades-ago use of this method) wrote to ask that I scan and post this article, which appeared in the 1962 Annual edition of American Modeler magazine, on making fiberglass cowls. It is a variation on vacuum bagging that exploits the even tension applied by the elasticity of a rubber balloon. Although limited to relatively small forms, it has the advantage of low cost and complexity, and it eliminates the potential nuisance of the mold release agent not being fully coated and causing separation issues. This method will probably not work too well with shapes that need localized indented areas more than 1/32" to maybe 1/16" deep (like cooling fins). The article did not originally make ...

Research Examines Wing Shapes to Reduce Vortex and Wake

Research Examines Wing Shapes to Reduce Vortex and Wake - RF Cafe"Recent research demonstrated that, although most wing shapes used today create turbulent wake vortices, wing geometrics can be designed to reduce or eliminate wingtip vortices almost entirely. In the study, the vortex and wake characteristics were computed for three classic wing designs: the elliptic wing, and wing designs developed in classic studies by the researchers. It's common to see line-shaped clouds in the sky, known as contrails, trailing behind the engines of a jet airplane. What's not always visible is a vortex coming off of the tip of each wing - like two tiny horizontal tornadoes - leaving behind a turbulent wake ..."

How to Buy a Warbird

How to Buy a Warbird - RF Cafe"By today's standards, warbirds are clunky, noisy, dirty, inefficient and expensive to operate, not to mention almost completely impractical. Despite those drawbacks, owning and operating a warbird can be thrilling. Flying an ex-military airplane demands pilots update their flying experience to ready themselves for the challenges of handling an airplane that’s often configured with conventional landing gear and connected to power plants that create sizable amounts of torque. Most warbird pilots told us they began their warbird experience by logging time in either a T-6 or Stearman ..."

Women's Work

Women's Work, from April 1951 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsRosie the Riveter is perhaps most recognized symbol of wartime aircraft production, having come about in World War II (although women also built trucks, tanks, guns, sewed uniforms, made boots,...). She is also symbolic of women entering the workforce en masse. After WWII, many women went back to being housewives and raising families with war-weary servicemen looking to resume peaceful lives. The respite didn't last long, as the Korean conflict began within a week of the time the first atom bomb was dropped on Japan in August of 1945. The U.S. entered the fray in fall of 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea. Once again, America's women answered ...

Zunum Aero's Hybrid Electric Airplane Aims to Rejuvenate Regional Travel

Zunum Aero's Hybrid Electric Airplane Aims to Rejuvenate Regional Travel - Airplanes and Rockets"The startup is building short-haul aircraft for Boeing and JetBlue that combine gas turbines and batteries . In the century that's elapsed since the dawn of commercial aviation, air transportation has become pretty well refined. Yet paradoxically, it's easier to fly halfway around the world than to travel to a nearby city. As a result, many people shun air travel when taking short trips. ..."

Virgin Galactic Completes 1st Rocket-Powered Unity Spacecraft Launch

Virgin Galactic Completes 1st Rocket-Powered Unity Spacecraft Launch - Airplanes and Rockets"Virgin Galactic successfully launched and landed its Unity spacecraft by rocket power, completing its first powered flight in almost four years. Richard Branson's space company shared a photo of the SpaceShipTwo model spacecraft as it blasted into the air above the Mojave Air and Space Port before going supersonic and landing safely. "VSS Unity completed her first supersonic, rocket-powered flight this morning in Mojave, California. Another great test flight, another ..."

A Status Report of Aviation and Aerospace Education in California

A Status Report of Aviation and Aerospace Education in California - Airplanes and RocketsAfter seeing an article titled, "High School Aviation: California Style," from the June 1968 issue of American Aircraft Modeler magazine, website visitor Janice H. sent me a copy of this 1972 document titled, "A Status Report of Aviation and Aerospace Education in California," by Earl W. Sams, California State Department of Education, Sacramento. Janice is working to get the Anderson Valley High School in Boonville, California, to create a memorial to the program and its administrators and students ...

NASA X-Plane Aims to Stifle Sonic Booms

NASA X-Plane Aims to Stifle Sonic Booms - Airplanes and Rockets"NASA has given Lockheed Martin a $247.5M contract to build a supersonic airplane that might help speed up air travel. The Concorde was fast. Indeed, it was capable of speeds up to just over twice the speed of sound (Mach 2.04 or 1,354 mph) and flying from New York to Paris took just over 3.5 hours. But that speed came with issues, the biggest of which were the loud sonic booms created by the Concorde when flying faster than the speed of sound. The FAA banned overland supersonic commercial flights in 1973 because of the noise and complaints created by sonic booms. This meant supersonic flight was only allowed over oceans ..."

Boats: Speed, Scale, Radio Control

Boats: Speed, Scale, Radio Control, January 1961 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsCompetitive model boating was a popular sport in the 1960's as radio control systems became more affordable and reliable. Of course if you have a glitch in your radio with a boat, the consequences are usually much less that with an airplane. This report in a 1962 edition of American Modeler magazine tells of one California model boating club that lost its "field" (a park lake) due to "excessive and unnecessary noise." Yep, it was happening way back then. On the other hand, it also reports on a club in New Jersey where the parks department constructed a pier for them to use. As usual, your fortunes depend on the preferences and sentiments of government bureaucrats. Many people these days are using brushless motor setups in their ...

News Alert! - Airplanes and RocketsHouse of Representatives Passes FAA Reauthorization Act

News Alert! - Airplanes and RocketsToday, the House of Representatives passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R.4), a long-term reauthorization of the FAA. We are happy to share that Section 336, also known as the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, is included in this bill with meaningful refinements that we supported to help make it stronger. We especially want to thank the thousands of members who participated in our Call to Action in the last few weeks to let Congress know the importance of protecting our hobby. Your efforts during this critical time have made a significant impact. While much of what we fought for was included in this bill ...

3-D Printed R/C Spitfire

3D Printed R/C Spitfire Video - Airplanes and RocketsStepan Dokoupil and Patrik Svida founded 3DLabPrint in 2015 in Brno, Czech Republic. Since that time, they have literally revolutionized flyable model airplanes. The 3D-printed models like this Spitfire are utterly amazing. There are currently 14 scale designs including a P-38, P-51D, F4U, P-47, BF-109, MIG-15, and PT-17, plus a trainer. The guys at FliteTest put together this video and one for the P-38 Lightning. You'll find many other on YouTube. 

Festo Engineers Unveil Robotic Flying Fox

Festo Engineers Unveil Robotic Flying Fox - Airplanes and Rockets"Engineers at German automation giant Festo have unveiled a flying semi-autonomous robot based on one of nature's most unusual mammals: the flying fox. The robot was developed by the group's Bionic Learning Network, a cross-disciplinary group of scientists and engineers tasked with developing a handful of concepts each year, in order to explore concepts that may help shape manufacturing in the future. The firm typically unveils the fruits of these labours ahead of each year's Hannover Messe. Previous creations have included robot ants, penguins, kangaroos, seagulls ..."

Art Chester Racer

Art Chester Racer, January 1952 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsTypical of the era, this Art Chester Racer control line model is very curvaceous and ruggedly constructed. Modelers of the day enjoyed crafting models of full-size airplanes, often requiring months of building an finishing. For many, it was their only means of participating in the exciting realm of aerospace - at least until old enough to earn the money required to engage in full-scale aviation. Hobbyists lived the lives of their pilot heroes vicariously through models. In the time between then (1950's) and now, private aviation has gone through a cycle of being relatively expensive to own and/or fly airplanes, to a time ...

Peanuts Skediddler Collection

Peanuts Skediddlers Collection - Airplanes and RocketsThis is the complete set of Peanuts Skediddlers, sold by Mattel. Linus is extremely difficult to find, and when you do, he typically sells for $200 or more. If you find a Linus Skediddler with the original box, expect to pay $400. Over time, our (Melanie and me) Peanuts collection of memorabilia has grow from the few items she had left over from her girlhood to complete sets. Everything was gotten via eBay auctions. It took a lot of patience to be able to get good quality items at an affordable price ...

UK Spaceports Set for Lift-off with Passing of Space Industry Bill

UK Spaceports Set for Lift-off with Passing of Space Industry Bill - Airplanes and Rockets"British businesses will soon be able to compete in the commercial space race using UK spaceports following the passing of the Space Industry Bill. Receiving Royal Assent on 15 March 2018, the bill is hoped to build on Britain’s existing expertise in the space sector by unlocking a new era of space innovation, exploration and investment. It is envisaged that British businesses and institutions will be able to launch small satellites and scientific experiments from UK spaceports, which are also expected to facilitate future developments ..."

Record-Setter Aviator Fran Bera Remembered

Record-Setter Aviator Fran Bera Remembered - RF Cafe"Pilot Frances 'Fran' Bera, who accumulated more than 25,000 flight hours, ferried surplus military aircraft after World War II, set a world altitude record, and taught and examined pilots for more than seven decades, died February 10 in San Diego, California, at age 94. According to recognition posted on the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Wall of Honor, Bera's aviation feats included a tryout for the astronaut program, flying as a chief pilot for aircraft manufacturers Beechcraft and Piper, numerous air races, and more than 3,000 check rides as an FAA ..."

Mechanics Technology Science Photo Revue

Mechanics Technology Science Photo Revue, December 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsAir Trails - Hobbies for Young Men magazine covered a wide variety of subjects of both model and full-scale. All things fast and/or exotic were of great interest to America's youth in the day, and everything was fair game for modeling. Lockheed's now long-famous C-130 Hercules was just making its maiden flight as a prototype YC-130 in 1954 when this edition was published. Grumman's F9F-9 Tiger jet fighter became the F11F Tiger while the F9F designation became the significantly different-looking F9F Cougar - no confusion there. The Cessna 620, a 4-engine version of their successful 310 (get it? - 2 x 310 = 620), never made it past the prototype phase ...

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strips: January 18, 1942

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strips: January 18, 1942 Baltimore Morning Sun - Airplanes and RocketsThis is the January 18, 1942, "Flyin' Jenny" comic strip. The Baltimore Sun newspaper, published not far from where I grew up near Annapolis, Maryland, carried "Flyin' Jenny" from the late 1930s until the strip ended in the mid 1940s, so I saved a couple dozen from there. The first one I downloaded has a publication date of December 7, 1941 - that date "which will live in infamy," per President Roosevelt. Many Americans were receiving word over the radio of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor while reading this comic at the breakfast table. I expect that soon there will be World War II ...

Burgess Salutes United on 20th Anniversary of Transcontinental Airmail

Burgess Salutes United on 20th Anniversary of Transcontinental Airmail, January 1941 QST - RF CafeThis thankful commemoration of the 20th anniversary of U.S. Air Mail service from Burgess Battery Company, which appeared in a 1941 issue of QST magazine, encompasses most of my major lifetime interests. First and foremost, from my earliest memories, is a love of airplanes (and all things that fly for that matter). A DC−3 (my favorite multi-engine propeller plane) is shown in one of the photos as is a Ford Trimotor, which Melanie and I have flown on. Next comes the electrical, electronics, and radio communications aspects, which encompasses the aircraft wiring ...

Peanuts Hungerford Doll Collection

Peanuts Hungerford Doll Collection - Airplanes and RocketsOver time, our (Melanie and me) Peanuts collection of memorabilia has grow from the few items she had left over from her girlhood to complete sets. It took a lot of patience to be able to get good quality items at an affordable price. The "Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz" book was very helpful in identifying which Peanuts memorabilia items were made. The author mentioned that the rarest Hungerford doll piece was the piano that came with Schroeder, so a saved search was placed on eBay and after about a year ...

International Miniature Racing

International Miniature Racing, August 1962 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsAh, the simpler times when enjoyment, competition, and industry could be found on a slot car race track in a musty basement. Pre-fab models were rare in the day, and those that could be bought couldn't hold a candle to those hand crafted by young men like the ones in these photos. It was not a pastime only for the younger set, though. Older guys with metal lathes and fine crafting tools created museum quality masterpieces ...

The Crash That Doomed Henry Ford's Flying Car

The Crash That Doomed Henry Ford's Flying Car - RF Cafe"The death of pilot Harry Brooks 90 years ago ended dreams of an 'air Flivver.' Long before Elon Musk, there was Henry Ford. Never satisfied to revolutionize just one industry, he typically worked on several at once. Over the course of his career, beside mass-producing Model Ts, Ford dabbled in shipbuilding, home construction, rubber planting in Brazil, radio broadcasting, soybean farming, and, for a brief period in the 1920s and early 1930s, aviation. In 1925, Ford introduced the all-metal Tri-Motor ..."

Peanuts Bobblehead (Nodder) Collection

Peanuts Bobblehead (Nodder) Collection - Airplanes and RocketsThis is a complete set of the Peanuts Bobblehead (Nodder) figures. They're not perfect, but in pretty good condition. Over time, our Peanuts collection of memorabilia has grown from the few items she had left over from her girlhood to complete sets. Everything was gotten via eBay auctions. It took a lot of patience to be able to get good quality items at an affordable price. The "Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz" book was very helpful in identifying which Peanuts memorabilia items ...

World's 1st Commercial Flying Car to Hit the Market by 2019

World's 1st Commercial Flying Car to Hit the Market by 2019 - Airplanes and Rockets"Dutch company PAL-V prepares to bring the world's first flying car to the market next year. The production version of the flying car PAL-V Liberty has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. The Dutch company said that it is working on the final certification process to make the car legal. PAL-V also said that the certification process would begin after the Geneva Motor Show. The PAL-V Liberty looks more like a race car than an aircraft, according to automotive experts. The car has a narrow body and has two side-by-side seats on the front. The car ..."

Horizon Hobby Buys Tower Hobbies

Horizon Hobby Buys Tower Hobbies - Airplanes and RocketsHorizon Hobby logo - Airplanes and Rockets "A bankruptcy court judge approved Horizon Hobby's $18.8M purchase of Hobbico's remote-control business Monday, which means Tower Hobbies logo - Airplanes and RocketsHobbico employees must reapply for their jobs at Horizon before the purchase is completed Friday. Hobbico's more than 300 employees were made aware of this possibility last week, after Horizon was the lone bidder in a bankruptcy auction for Hobbico, which filed for Chapter 11 protection in January with the goal of finding a new buyer. 'As mentioned in yesterday's Town Hall Meetings, Hobbico employees who are interested in being considered to work at Horizon Hobby are ..."

Model Aviation Comics of Yore

Model Aviation Comics of Yore, Comics from 1950s through Mid 1970s Vintage Model Aviation Magazines (page 9) - Airplanes and RocketsThese model aviation themed comics appeared in the September and December 1962 issues of American Modeler magazine. I am scanning new model aviation comics as they become available - and as time permits. If you have editions of any of these old magazines and would either scan the comics and e-mails them to me, or perhaps send me the magazine (I'll pay shipping), I'll be glad to post them ...

China Working on Hypersonic Plane

China Working on Hypersonic Plane - Airplanes and Rockets"A Chinese research team has developed an ultrafast plane which can also carry dozens of people and tonnes of cargo. The team says the plane can travel at hypersonic speed and can fly between New York and Beijing in two hours, which usually takes 14 hours on a passenger jet. The two cities are approximately 11,000km apart. This means the plane will travel at more than 6,000km/h (3,700mph), 5x faster than the speed of sound. The team is also involved in China's top-secret hypersonic weapons ..."

Tip & Tricks from Model Airplane News

Tip & Tricks from Model Airplane News - Airplanes and RocketsEvery week Model Airplane News sends out an e-mail that includes a link to a page of tips and tricks for building models. There are usually about 10. This week's has a great tip about using your X-acto knife handle to get a fixed-depth cut - pretty clever! There are also a trick for stopping your propeller from slipping while tightening, a West Virginia airplane trailer, and ballast ...

Shark Inspired Airfoil Improves Lift and Reduces Drag

Shark Inspired Airfoil Improves Lift and Reduces Drag - Airplanes and Rockets"A shark skin-inspired design can dramatically improve the lift of an aerofoil, according to researchers in the US. The tiny tooth-like scales on a shark's skin called denticles have previously been shown to reduce drag, this latest research shows that they also boost the lift-to-drag ratio of an aerofoil. As well as offering paths to improved aerodynamic design, the researchers say that their work provides important insight into the role of shark morphology on swimming efficiency. Like most fish, shark's ..."

Model World on the International Scene

Model World on the International Scene (March 1968 American Aircraft Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsModel rocketry was a big deal in the 1960's as America and Russia pursued the great Space Race. The U.S.S.R. had effectively trumped us by launching the Sputnik a year before we put the Explorer 1 into orbit. Yuri Gagarin made it into space before Alan Shepherd blasted of atop the Mercury Redstone rocket in his Freedom 7 capsule for a couple orbits around the earth. Boys (and a few girls) around the world proudly referred to themselves as "rocketeers." Since the Academy of Model Aviation (AMA) usually allocated space (no pun intended) for model rocket-relate news and evens, it is no surprise that the sport was included in the "Model World on the International Scene" features. Single-channel radio control ...

Cleo Robotics Demonstrates Uniquely Clever Ducted Fan Drone

Cleo Robotics Demonstrates Uniquely Clever Ducted Fan Drone - Airplanes and Rockets"This donut-shaped drone, not technically known as a dronut, offers a tasty combination of safety and ease of use. At last year’s CES, Cleo Robotics was showing prototypes of a palm-sized drone with a design unlike anything we'd ever seen. Shaped like a donut, the Cleo drone is essentially a ducted fan, with a pair of completely enclosed propellers (one on top of the other) and then a camera, battery, and electronics housed inside the shell. Its compact ..."

"Mad Mike" Launches Himself into the Desert Sky

"Mad Mike" Launches Himself into the Desert Sky - Airplanes and Rockets"This video is part of a series of video clips make while on my way to watch Mad Mike Hughes launch his steam-powered Flat Earth rocket on March 24th, 2018. I first met 'Mad Mike' and his friend 'Pioneer Pat' back in 2017 during one of Mike's first launch attempts. I decided to ride my motorcycle out to the desert to root him on for today's planned launch. Go Mike!!! The launch was a perfect success!! 1872 feet! Mike's hurt, but he will be alright. This was one of the most interesting and moving <video>"

Vintage Model Aviation-Themed Comics

Airplane Comics, Model Aviation January / February 1963 - Airplanes and RocketsThe first model airplane comic on this page appeared in the January / February 1963 combined issue of American Modeler. The bottom on is from the June 1960 issue of the British model aviation magazine Aero Modeller. I am scanning new model aviation comics as they become available - and as time permits. If you have editions of any of these old magazines and would either scan the comics and e-mails them to me, or perhaps send me the magazine (I'll pay shipping), I'll be glad to post them ...

   

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