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"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." Lord Kelvin, 1895

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Lite-Brite by Hasbro

Lite-Brite by Hasbro - Airplanes and RocketsWhen Melanie and I got married in 1983, part of her dowry included some of the toys she had as a little girl. A Hasbro Lite-Brite was one of them. Our kids played with it when they were young, but somewhere along the line during our many household moves, it disappeared. We probably donated it to the Salvation Army at some point - a lot of our stuff has ended up there. About a month ago we started watching for a good one on eBay that didn't cost too much ...

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strip - January 4, 1942

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strips: January 4, 1942 Baltimore Morning Sun - Airplanes and Rockets

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. This is the January 4, 1942, Flyin' Jenny comic strip. I expect that soon there will be World War II themes ...

Super Wood Could Replace Steel

Super Wood Could Replace Steel - RF Cafe"Engineers at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) have found a way to make wood more than 10 times times stronger and tougher than before, creating a natural substance that is stronger than many titanium alloys. 'This new way to treat wood makes it 12 times stronger than natural wood and 10 times tougher,' said Liangbing Hu of UMD's A. James Clark School of Engineering and the leader of the team that did the research. 'This could be a competitor to steel or even titanium alloys, it is so ..."

Oaken Paper Towel Holder

Paper Towel Holder Project (made from oak flooring) - Airplanes and RocketsOne of the first woodworking projects I remember doing after Melanie and I were married and in our own house was making a paper towel holder out of some scrap pieces of oak flooring. The wood was in the basement of the house, probably from when it was originally installed sometime in the 1950s. A few pieces were glued together along their tongue and groove edges, and then scraped and sanded to a smooth, flat surface. The bottom curved relief shape was retained for character. At some point during our many household moves, the paper towel holder disappeared - we probably donated it as with ...

Suzy Homemaker Items, 1967 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog

Suzy Homemaker Items, 1967 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog - Airplanes and RocketsLike many little girls who were born in the 1960s, Melanie had a small collection of Suzy Homemaker toy appliances. Old photographs from birthdays and Christmases past document the times they were received. Melanie had the Suzy Homemaker Oven / Stove and the Suzy Homemaker Clothes Iron. Since hers was long gone my the time we got married in 1983, we decided to look for them on eBay. As with just about everything ever made, we easily found them in nice condition. Neither the oven nor the iron came with their original boxes because those are very expensive. This page of Suzy Homemaker products appeared ...

C–47 That Led D-Day Flies Again

C–47 That Led D-Day Flies Again - Airplanes and Rockets"With photographers poised to capture the moment and spectators watching in person and from all over the world online, the C–47 "That's All, Brother" took off from Wittman Regional Airport on a clear, blustery afternoon, circling the airport and concluding the brief flight with an overhead pass, accompanied by a Beechcraft Bonanza chase plane. The flight crew included pilot-in-command Doug Rozendaal, second-in-command Tom Travis, and engineer Ray Claussen. According to the Commemorative Air Force, which acquired and restored the airplane. The Oshkosh flight, the first ..."

Hobby People Ad, March 1970, American Aircraft Modeler

Hobby People Ad, March 1970, American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and Rockets

This particular Hobby People advertisement is from page 53 of the March 1970 issue of American Aircraft Modeler magazine. Hobby People was probably the first company that I ever did mail order from to get airplane supplies. Hobby People is no longer in operation. All copyrights (if any) are hereby acknowledged. Use the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation calculator to see what items cost in today's dollars. For instance, that $3.99 "Cox .049 Babe Bee" engine would be $26.16 in 2018 money. The "regular" price of $6.00 would be $39.34 in 2018. Cox International ...

Maple Picture Frame with Crewel Needlework

Maple Picture Frame with Crewel Needlework - Airplanes and RocketsAfter just 33 years, this crewel picture that Melanie stitched is complete and has a custom frame. If memory serves correctly, we bought the crewel kit at a Ben Franklin store in Severna Park, Maryland, in 1985 while living in Arnold, Maryland. She started it shortly after getting it, and then it was put away until last year, 2017, when she decided to complete the project. Most, if not all, of the needlework pictures Melanie has done over the years have been placed in custom frames made by me. I've used pine, oak, teak, hickory, mahogany, and now maple for this frame. The maple wood ...

Rocket Lab's Electron Rocket Successfully Reaches Orbit for 1st Time

Rocket Lab's Electron Rocket Successfully Reaches Orbit for 1st Time - Airplanes and Rockets"RocketLab has successfully launched their Electron Rocket. It took three small satellites into orbit. The company is preparing for a possible Moon mission later this year. U.S.-based spaceflight startup company, Rocket Lab completed their second successful test flight this weekend reaching orbit for the first time. The company's Electron rocket launched from New Zealand at 2:43 PM local time on Sunday, and successfully deployed three commercial satellites about eight and a half minutes later. This was Electron's first full ..."

Shape Memory Alloy Key to Morphing Wings on Experimental Aircraft

Shape Memory Alloy Key to Morphing Wings on Experimental Aircraft - Airplanes and Rockets"NASA has successfully used a heat-activated shape memory alloy to morph an aircraft's wings in flight tests, an advance with potential benefits for subsonic and future supersonic aircraft. The flights which took place at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, was part of the SAW (Spanwise Adaptive Wing) project that aims to validate the use of a lightweight material to fold the outer portions of aircraft wings and their control surfaces to optimal angles in flight. SAW ..."

Engine Idling Secrets

Engine Idling Secrets, December 1962 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsPrior to the widespread use of mufflers on radio controlled model aircraft engines, exhaust dampers were installed that worked in unison with the throttle. They were oblong or butterfly-shaped flat pieces of metal that pivoted in the center and were connected via a short pushrod to the carburetor's throttle arm. At full throttle, the damper was straight up and down to block the exhaust port as little as possible. At idle, the damper usually totally blocked off the exhaust port; of course some exhaust was still able to exit or the engine would choke out and stop running. The first R/C engines I used in the 1970's came with exhaust dampers ...

Shoe Rack Project

Shoe Rack Project - Airplanes and RocketsOur one-car garage does not have a lot of extra space in it, especially considering it also holds a riding lawn mower, a snow blower, a backup power generator, and various and sundry yard and car tools. That doesn't leave much room for the assortment of shoes and boots needed by Melanie and me. We had been using a stack of cinder blocks to stuff shoes in, but they looked rather crude and the holes were not really big enough to allow the shoes to be fully enclosed. After completing building a set of stairs into the basement, there were end pieces of the stair treads left over that were just the right width to fit into the space where the cinder blocks used to be stacked. 2x3 framing lumber ...

Amateur Astronomer Captures Supernova's First Light

Amateur Astronomer Victor Buso Captures Supernova's First Light - RF CafeAnother important discovery by an amateur scientist has occurred. Mr. Víctor Buso was testing a new CCD camera on a 16" personal telescope from his home in Víctor Buso telescope supernova - RF CafeArgentina when he noticed a star suddenly appeared in an exposure. It then grew in brightness over successive exposures. He had captured the very first sighting of a supernova in its initial stage of exploding. Realizing the gravity of his discovery, he alerted the astronomy community. Astronomical research institutions worldwide immediately trained their telescopes on the event to make detailed scientific measurements. Interestingly, this all occurred in September of 2016, but is just now making headlines everywhere ...

Vintage Gooseneck Lamp Restoration

Vintage Gooseneck Lamp Restoration - Airplanes and RocketsWhile perusing the local Goodwill store, Melanie and I happened upon this old gooseneck lamp. Unlike most of the newer models found in places like Walmart, this one is made of heavy stamped steel, and the gooseneck part is very sturdy with no plastic. When you bend this lamp into position, it stays exactly where you put it without reflexing back a little. It was just what Melanie needed for use on her sewing table, so we bought it as a fixer-upper. As can be seen in the photos, the original condition was useable, but not ...

The Stanzels of Schulenburg

The Stanzels of Schulenburg, January 1961 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsA couple years ago I posted an article about the Victor Stanzel ElectroMic "Copter" Tethered Helicopter that I had bought on eBay. It was just like the one I had as a pre-teen in the 1960's. If memory serves me correctly, I also had one of the ElectroMic Flash Tethered Airplanes as well. Someday I'll probably buy one of those on eBay. The webpage hyperlinked above has a video embedded that tells the story of the Stanzel Brothers' Model Airplane Museum. You will be amazed at all the types of models they produced - powered airplanes, gliders, helicopters, flying saucers. They were a couple of the earliest pioneers in manufacturing ready ...

Ronald Valentine's Smallest Engines in the World

Ronald Valentine's Smallest Engines in the World - Airplanes and RocketsRonald Valentine engines is one of the very few manufacturers remaining of miniature model aircraft engines - both glow fuel and diesel, single- and multi-cylinder. Prices are amazingly reasonable, too. "We are the manufacturers of the world's smallest model engines. We have been manufacturing miniature model engines for over 30 years. We specialized in 2-stroke diesel engines for model airplanes, boat and cars. Next to this we manufacture multi-cylinder engines 2-stroke and 4-stroke as glow or diesel engines. Our challenge is to develop and present the world's finest ..."

SR-72 "Son of Blackbird" Could Be Back - and Hypersonic

SR-72 Hypersonic Spy Plane - Airplanes and Rockets"For years, Lockheed Martin Corp. has been developing a successor to one of the fastest aircraft the world has seen, the SR-71 Blackbird, the Cold War reconnaissance craft that the U.S. Air Force retired almost three decades ago. Lockheed officials have said the hypersonic SR-72 - dubbed the 'Son of Blackbird' by one trade journal - could fly by 2030. But a rather curious talk last week at an aerospace conference by a Lockheed Skunk Works executive implied that the SR-72 might already exist ..."

Review of Russian Airpower

Review of Russian Airpower, February 1942 Flying Aces - Airplanes and RocketsAircraft historians might find the information from this 1942 edition of Flying Aces magazine useful. As has long been the case on many Russian airplanes and helicopters, the basic outlines - and often even the details - are recognizable from the original versions designed by the United States, England, and Germany. The Russkies have been short on design and test capabilities and long on materials, manpower, and espionage agents. It wouldn't be so bad if the copying was not so obvious. Even their attempt at a space shuttle was a carbon copy of ours. If not for their leaders' commitment to Communism and Socialism, Russia could be ...

Float Like a Robot, Think Like a Bee

Float Like a Robot, Think Like a Bee - Airplanes and Rockets"Cornell University engineers have been experimenting with a new type of programming that mimics the mind of an insect. The developed sensors and algorithms may soon support autonomous, small-scale robots like Harvard University's RoboBee, an 80-milligram flier that could perform a variety of roles in agriculture and disaster relief. Even the most lifelike bug-bot could be thrown off by a gust of wind or a mid-air obstacle. Cornell's sensing system aims to steer a RoboBee around trouble, adjusting its flight to avoid ..."

James Webb Space Telescope Completes End-to-End Test

James Webb Space Telescope Completes Critical End-to-End Test - Airplanes and Rockets"NASA's $8.8B James Webb Space Telescope has completed critical end-to-end testing in a giant vacuum chamber at the Johnson Space Center, proving the telescope will work properly in the deep cold of space, bring starlight to a sharp focus and precisely track its astronomical targets when launched in 2019, engineers said Wednesday. 'The successful completion of this test represents a very significant milestone for JWST,' said Bill Ochs, the telescope's project manager at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. 'It verified the alignment of the telescope ..."

How to Bend Music Wire Landing Gear (video)

How to Bend Music Wire Landing Gear (video) - Airplanes and RocketsI am in the process of building a control line C-47 Skytrain model using plans drawn by Walter Musciano. I knew making the scale landing gear was going to be a challenge because it requires bending two pieces of 1/8" music wire with six 90° bends apiece. It seems easy enough in theory, but in practice getting the opposing axel end to line up in opposition is not trivial. Making the first one took two tries, as did the second one. the problem was that the two did not match each other very well. I tried fudging it by bending some weird angles to get the spacing right, but the lengths of the legs were different enough ...

Model World on the International Scene - January 1968

Model World on the International Scene (January 1968 American Aircraft Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsDecember 1967 was the last edition of the Academy of Model Aeronautics' American Modeler magazine, and this January 1968 edition of American Aircraft Modeler was the first with the new name. Interestingly, editor Bill Winter does not mention the name change in his monthly "Straight and Level" column. For that matter, I checked up through the May issue and still no mention. Printing and distribution lagged publication for many months back in the day, but usually comments of previous editions began appearing within three or four months. Nothing. Anyway, here are some ...

Video: Model Rocketry - "The Last Frontier" - 1977

Video: Model Rocketry - "The Last Frontier" - 1977 - Airplanes and RocketsWilliam Shatner (aka "Captain Kirk" of the original "Star Trek" television series) hosted this 1977 video produced by Estes Industries. Titled, Model Rocketry - "The Last Frontier", it shows not only snapshots of various Estes model rockets, but also video of actual launches from cameras mounted on the rockets and cameras mounted at the base of the launch pad - pretty cool for the day! ...

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strip - December 28, 1941

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strips: December 28, 1941 Baltimore Morning Sun - Airplanes and RocketsThe 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 ...

Flite Kite  .049-Powered Box Kite

Flite Kite, April 1957 American Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsThere is an old adage about aircraft that says with enough power just about anything can be made to fly. The F-4 Phantom and F-104 Starfighter jets are prime examples. In 1957, kids and adults were still obsessed with flying machines and created all sorts of crazy craft. Flying dog houses, witches on brooms, flying doors, flying lawnmowers, and flying outhouses were popular novelty projects. Ken Willard even created a Flying Bandana. This Cox .049-powered box kite doesn't fall into the same category as an F-4 Phantom, but it does apply as far as making anything fly if you hang an engine on it. Although author McLarty claims you can adapt a toy store box kite ...

Quiz #1: Models and Manufacturers

Quiz #1: Models and Manufacturers - Airplanes and RocketsYour knowledge of model aircraft kits, engines, and equipment will need to stretch back a couple decades to score 10 out of 10 on this model aircraft themed quiz. Winners get a free 1-year subscription to the Airplanes and Rockets website. Good luck ...

Unmanned Helicopter Enables Rapid Resupply

Unmanned Helicopter Enables Rapid Resupply - Airplanes and Rockets"Autonomy options for the Marine Corps have taken a major step forward, as the Office of Naval Research completed a helicopter flight demonstration with autonomous capability that will enable the Marine Corps to rapidly resupply forces on the front lines. The system consists of a sensor and software package that can be integrated into any manned or unmanned rotary-wing aircraft to detect and avoid obstacles in unfavorable weather conditions ..."

RC Hobbies on Air, by Jose Lozano

RC Hobbies on Air, by Jose Lozano - Airplanes and RocketsMr. Jose Lozano wrote recently to let me know about his RC drone resources website called RC Hobbies on Air. As with many people these days, Jose appears to have really become a drone (multirotor) enthusiast - enough so to create an entire website dedicated to helping others decide what is the best way to get started with RC drones. He gives a rundown on features and characteristics of various modern drone models. If you have been considering getting into RC drones, then you might want to give his site a looking over ...

Queen of the R/C Fleet: U.S.S. California Battlewagon

Queen of the R/C Fleet: U.S.S. California Battlewagon, March 1957 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsRadio-controlled battleship combat is a major sport these days with serious "players" investing thousands of dollars into their craft. The all-electric model boats are scale replicas of actual battleships and sport multiple screws (propellers), bilge pumps, gyro stabilizers, fully motorized and steerable gun turrets complete with CO2-powered BB-shooting guns. The models take hundreds of hours to build, rig, and test. The objective is, after all, to literally sink your opponent's ship! The California model in this American Modeler magazine article actually carried "twelve 38-cals and ten 22s" - something you won't find today ...

The Best of EAA's 2017 AirVenture

The Best of EAA's 2017 AirVenture - Airplanes and Rockets"If you were there in person, you already know: AirVenture 2017 was a big success. If you missed this year's excitement in Oshkosh, let the numbers tell you everything you need to know. More than half a million people attended, making this the biggest AirVenture ever, and those guests were treated to more than 10,000 aircraft and so many thrilling air shows. We'd say EAA has its work cut out to make the 2018 show better than this one, but we won't be shocked when it happens. So much happened at this year's AirVenture that it was almost impossible to cover it all, but here's a look back at some of our favorite ..."

Gee Bee R-1 and R-2: Air Racing with World's Fastest Pony Kegs:

Gee Bee R-1 and R-2: Air Racing - Airplanes and Rockets"Today it's impossible to think of the golden age of air racing without an R-1 or R-2 Gee Bee roaring across the mind's eye. To the aviation public, the Gee Bees air racing - and vice versa. And that's only right. When Granville engineer, Pete Miller, drafted the first lines for the 'R' series of Super Sportsters, there was no way he could have known that he was designing a legend. And an airplane that would have people shaking their heads for the next 70 years. In fact, since the last Gee Bee roared around a pylon in 1933/34 there have been no ..."

Sites Are Great in Kansas City

Sites Are Great in Kansas City from August 1962 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsKansas City Radio Control Association (KCRC) has been around for many decades. Its AMA club number of #390 was assigned in 1954. That was 66 years ago as of this writing, but it was only 8 years old when this feature article appeared in American Modeler magazine. Since at least 1962, the KCRC flying field (now named "Charles W. Reed III Flying Field") has been located just west of Lake Jocomo, in Kanas City. This article discusses not just the KCRC flying site, but many of the others in the surrounding area. I count 11 on the included map, including parks, schools, and parking lots. It is interesting to compare the maps ...

First Helicopter Flight, November 13, 1907

First Helicopter Flight, November 13, 1907 - Airplanes and Rockets"On 13 November 1907, French engineer and bicycle maker Paul Cornu made history by becoming the first man to fly in a rotary wing aircraft. The primitive helicopter - a twin-rotor craft powered by a 24-horsepower engine - only lifted Cornu about 1.5m off the ground, holding him there for 20 seconds at Coquainvilliers, near Lisieux in France. But that was enough for Cornu to take his place in the history books as the first man to successfully fly a rotary wing aircraft. Paul Cornu was born in 1881 in the French town of Lisieux, where the local high school is named after him to this day. Once he reached working age, he joined his father ..."

The Wasp Engine's Great Leap Forward

The Wasp Engine's Great Leap Forward - Airplanes and Rockets"The only aircraft engine to be designated an historic landmark. Advances in propulsion are what drive aviation development. Innovative airplanes almost always start with innovative engines, and the airframes follow. In 2016, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers celebrated just such an engine. The society designated the Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp a technology landmark, the organization’s highest award, because the Wasp singlehandedly brought about a leap forward in aircraft performance and economics. The tale of its development is still ...

Hobbico Files for Bankruptcy - Goodbye Tower Hobbies & Great Planes?

Hobbico Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - Airplanes and RocketsTower Hobbies and Great Planes Bankruptcy - Airplanes and RocketsAnother great American company is circling the drain! I've been a contented Tower Hobbies customer since the 1970s. "Hobbico filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, which could result in 332 layoffs at its Champaign facility. In a statement, Hobbico said that it plans to sell the company and will continue operating throughout the bankruptcy process. Hobbico also said that as it has grown, it has added too much debt and hasn’t been able to successfully restructure, especially facing 'an increasingly competitive industry, market headwinds and a series of one-off events with key suppliers." Hobbico was formed in 1986 when Clint Atkins combined two companies he bought: Don Anderson's Great Planes Model Distributors and Bruce Holecek's Tower Hobbies, which was founded in 1971 ...

Short Snorter Flying Wing C/L Model

Short Snorter, October 1958 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsIf you are looking for a little bit different type of control line model, then Short Snorter might fit the bill. It was designed by George Hinz and appeared in the October 1958 issue of American Modeler magazine. Short Snorter is .20 to .35-size stunt or combat model that is essentially a flying wing, and features a built-up fuselage and wing. The wingspan is around 40", but of course since you will be printing the plans, you can make the model larger or smaller. standard construction materials and methods are used throughout. Mr. Hinz cautions about making certain that the center of gravity is properly located since a tail ...

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strip - December 21, 1941

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strips: December 21, 1941 Baltimore Morning Sun - Airplanes and RocketsThe 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 ...

Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Registration Service

Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Registration Service - Airplanes and RocketsOn December 12, 2017, President Trump signed legislation that has the effect of reversing the earlier court ruling in the John Taylor case and restore the FAA's sUAS registration requirement, including for AMA members. "AMA believes that registration makes sense at some level, but has pushed for a more reasonable threshold. While we address these issues, members will be legally required to comply with the FAA registration requirement." It does not make sense to me because as usual, law-abiding people suffer the inconvenience and cost of legislation, while the majority do as they please. Fortunately, I kept my registration card from January of 2016 when this outrageous scheme began ...

Modeling Magazines: Past and Present

Modeling Magazines: Past and Present - Airplanes and RocketsHere is a list of many classic modeling magazines that are now or have been in print within the last decade or so. Unfortunately, most of these magazines are now out of print. Some have disappeared altogether while others have online-only editions. Fortunately, though, a few benevolent souls have taken it upon themselves to scan hundreds of past issues and made them available in PDF format at no charge to everyone. The Archive.org website's Wayback Machine™ has captured many years worth of the magazines' webpages, so all ...

Are Flying Cars Coming to the Skies?

Are Flying Cars Coming to the Skies? by John Hawthorne - Airplanes and RocketsMr. John Hawthorne contacted me recently about an article he published on the IQS Directory website titled "Are Flying Cars Coming to the Skies?" It reviews two most notable examples of research and development by companies - AeroMobil, Terrafugia (Latin for "escape the earth") - and mentions Uber's ambition of providing rooftop taxi service in high traffic urban areas. We are still a long way off from the goal of flying cars being a common sight, or ever a rare one for most of us. There are still many technical, safety, and regulatory obstacles to overcome before you or I will be transitioning our person ride from an automobile to an airplane or helicopter anytime soon.

AMA Now Offering Commercial Drone Insurance

AMA Now Offering Commercial Drone Insurance - Airplanes and RocketsThe Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) just announced in the January 2018 issue of Model Aviation that they are now offering commercial drone insurance. Liability insurance with protection of $½ million, $1 million, $2 million or more is available, plus you can also get hull insurance on the drone platform itself. AMA Membership is required for purchase, but you do not need to be a member to get a quote using the online form. ...

Stealth Drone Has No Moving Surfaces at All

Stealth Drone Has No Moving Surfaces at All - Airplanes and Rockets"BAE Systems has unveiled a new aircraft design that could be a major advance in stealth technology. The new MAGMA drone does away with aircraft control surfaces, resulting in an aircraft whose shape remains constant throughout its entire flight. The small demonstration aircraft, which has completed a successful first flight, uses blown air to change direction instead of complex mechanical controls. Most airplanes look unmoving in flight, like a wing hanging off a giant tube plowing through the sky. Look more closely however and you'll see smaller ..."

R/C at the Nationals, November 1953 Air Trails

R/C at the Nationals, November 1953 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsRadio controlled aircraft were really still in their infancy in 1953. Many R/C transmitters, receivers - all vacuum tube circuits - were beginning to appear in hobby magazines, but other than operating in FCC-designated frequency bands, there was not much in the way of standardization in modulation schemes. Therefore, intercompatibility between brands - or even between model types within a brand - was not guaranteed. The names you see mentioned here - Hal deBolt, Walt Good, Howard McEntee, Claude McCullough - were for a long time the most prominent figures ...

Reconstructing NASA's Moon-Mission Audio

Reconstructing NASA's Moon-Mission Audio - RAirplanes and Rockets"You've heard, 'One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind,' but how about a lesser-known quotation from the Apollo lunar mission like: 'Ok, we still got radar landing guidance.' The University of Texas at Dallas launched a project to make all of the moon-mission audio accessible, from the memorable to the mundane. Dr. John H.L. Hansen, Chengzhu Yu, Dr. Abhijeet Sangwan, and Lakshmish Kaushik pose with a model of an astronaut at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. The four oversaw the project to ..."

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strip - December 14, 1941

Flyin' Jenny Comic Strips: December 14, 1941 Baltimore Morning Sun - Airplanes and RocketsThe 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 ...

An Interview with The Paper Airplane Guy, John Collins

An Interview with The Paper Airplane Guy, John Collins - Airplanes and RocketsJohn Collins is the undisputed Paper Airplane Guy. He set a new world record flight distance of 26 feet, 10 inches, in 2012. He wrote a book titled, The World Record Paper Airplane and International Award Winning Designs. This article is from an appearance on the Conan O'Brien show, and includes a video of Mr. Collins demonstrating how to fold and launch paper airplanes ...

Museum Launches 100th Anniversary of Airmail Exhibit Online

Museum Launches 100th Anniversary of Airmail Exhibit Online - Airplanes and Rockets"The San Diego Air & Space Museum's Library & Archives recently launched a new online exhibit commemorating the 100th Anniversary of U.S. Airmail. On a fog-shrouded May 15th, in 1918, the first airplane to provide regularly scheduled airmail service in the United States took off from the Potomac Park polo grounds in Washington, D.C., headed to New York City, a 218-mile route. Sponsored by the U.S. Post Office, and personally sent off by President Woodrow Wilson, this has proven to be a most important day in our nation's history ..."

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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