National Museum of the USAF Opens 4th Building
Army Mulls Hybrid Electric for Next Gen Drones
Unusual Alloy Brings Magnesium-Ion Batteries Closer
Georgia Tech Student Designs Fuel-Cell Plane
India Performs Successful Space Shuttle Test Launch
Airbus Awarded Patent for 293 mph 'Hypercopter'
British Drone-Freezing Ray
Gets U.S. Airports Trial
Supersonic Jet in Development
Hang Glider Aims to Break Long-Distance Flight Record
"Hang glider aims to break
long-distance flight record | Fox News A daring hang glider known for his extreme
stunts and record-setting flights will soon attempt to set another record for the longest open-distance
flight. On or soon after Monday (June 20), Jonny Durand will attempt to
glide from Zapata, in southern Texas, to Lorenzo, in northern Texas, a distance of about 475 miles.
Aiding him on his journey — on (or around) the summer solstice, the
ESA's 4,000 mph Hypersonic Plane Does London-to-Sydney in Hours
"The European Space Agency has invested $11 million toward the
development of the
Sabre engine that could one day allow aircraft to fly anywhere in the world in just
four hours. Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines has been developing a turbine that combines both jet
and rocket technologies to achieve rates five times the speed of sound. According to the firm, the new
agreement with the ESA and the UK Space Agency, along with the existing partnership with BAE Systems,
means that the first ground demonstrator engine could be ready for testing by 2020
The Great Pickett Slide Rule Apollo Conundrum
Long after shirt pocket sized electronic calculators and glass
cockpits became the norm for both professional and recreational aviators, Colonel J. Michael Gibson,
a career pilot and navigator with the Canadian Civil Aeronautics Search and Rescue
(now retired) carried a
Pickett N600-ES slide rule in his flight jacket. Its diminutive size (only
5" long), sharply marked scales, and sturdy construction made it a favorite for on-the-go users.
A special purpose Pickett N700-T USAF Aerial Photo slide rule lived in his flight suit sleeve pocket.
Colonel Gibson is passing along his appreciation for the art of slide rule usage to his granddaughter.
She routinely uses her Pickett 1010 model
Rocket Trails: Rockets, Guided Missiles, Space Ships
Before the Vernon Estes began selling solid propellant model
rocket engines in 1958 - three years after this article appeared in Air Trails magazine - accidents
were commonplace amongst backyard rocketeers. G. Harry Stine addressed the issue in many of his
early "Rocket Trails" columns.
I remember reading about blown off fingertips and blinded eyes in the technical publications by Estes.
The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) has a report titled, "Forty Years of Model Rocketry - A Safety
Report," written by Stein in 1997
Apollo 11 Guidance Computer Source Code on GitHub
With the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing coming
up on July 20, a number of sources have written about NASA having released the
Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) source code into the
public domain. Chris Wiltz, at Design News, included this photo of
Hamilton of MIT's Draper Labs standing with her team's code printout. Women engineers take note
- that was in 1969!
I highly recommend the
NASA Apollo 11: Owners' Workshop Manual, published by Haynes. It has an incredible
amount of 'insider' info about the development of both hardware and software.
What's Ahead for You in Engineering?
Said Jimmy Stewart's character in "It's
a Wonderful Life," George Bailey, "I'm shakin' the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and
I'm gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I'm comin' back here to
go to college and see what they know. And then
I'm gonna build things. I'm gonna build airfields, I'm
gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I'm gonna build bridges a mile long..." It was common
dream for an era when Americans were tired of the struggling economy of The Great Depression and great
advances were being made in technology. The world was still a mystery to most people whose familiarity
with foreign lands ...
Navy Blue Angeles Get New F/A-18E/F Super Hornets
"Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team are upgrading their
aircraft from the decades-old Boeing F/A-18A, C, B, and D models to the newer and larger
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River
Naval Air Station, Md., announced a $12.1 million contract Monday to the Boeing Co. Defense, Space &
Security segment in St. Louis to adapt F/A-18E/F aircraft to the needs of the Blue Angeles
Shark 35 Control Line Airplane Plans
Lew McFarland's series of 'Shark' control line stunters are favorites
to many vintage and classic design flyers. They were all very simple to build and were excellent fliers.
The Shark 15, which featured a profile fuselage and built-up
wing with flaps, was my first 'real' stunt airplane, and my first control line model that used an engine
larger than the Cox .049. Jetco produced the Shark 15 and the Shark 45 kits, but to my knowledge
the Shark 35 never made it to production. I didn't even know
it existed until I saw ...
ATT Using Drones for Cell Tower inspections
"Flying drones might
sound like a fun hobby, but some RF engineers are making it part of their job, going so far as to envision
flying COWs, or
Wings, to provide LTE coverage at concerts or during emergencies. Earlier this month, AT&T
announced the launch of a national trial involving drones in a program being overseen by Art Pregler,
who serves as AT&T's drone program director and began his tech career in the U.S. Air Force. More
trials are continuing, including this week. AT&T started its LTE drone program investigation a year
Cox .020-Powered Sky Copter
In the late
1960s when I received a Cox Sky Copter for Christmas,
there was very little in the way of commercially available flying model helicopters. Victor Stanzel
sold its tethered ElectroMic "Copter"
that was powered by a pair of "D" cell batteries. As far as I know, Cox made the only nitro fuel powered
free flight helicopter named "Sky Copter." It was powered by a Cox .020 engine mounted to the top, center
of the main rotor shaft, and caused the rotors to turn due to the counter rotation cause by the propeller
on the .020. It worked very well. After getting the engine
This angled, twin rotor, no-tail-rotor (NOTAR) configuration
for a remotely controlled helicopter was pioneered by
Kaman Aircraft Corporation
in the 1950s, and is still a unique part of their product lineup today. Per their website, "The Unmanned
Aerial Truck (UAT) continues a Kaman tradition of pioneering unmanned helicopters. In 1957, Charles
Kaman, founder of Kaman Corporation, created the first pilotless aircraft." The embedded video is a
1957 edition of the "You Asked for It" television show, where host
12th Nordic Champs
Wakefield competition requires some of the highest skill level
in all of model-dom with regards to aircraft structure and covering details, engine and fuel system
tuning, dethermalizer setup, trim for uncontrolled flight during launch, transition, glide, and dethermalized
phases. That. of course, is not to minimize the skill sets required for other realms of model aircraft,
but it seems to me Wakefield requires expertise in all disciplines in order to be a consistent winner.
The 12th Nordic Championships we held in winter on Lake Vasijarvi at Tampere, Finland - above the Arctic
Circle, at 61.5°N. This is a robust bunch
Brodak Manufacturing & Distribution Videos & Photos
While talking to a lady working one of the tables at the 2016
Brodak Fly-In, she happened to mention that the
Brodak Manufacturing & Distribution
operations plant is located about a mile away, right behind
Brodak's Hobby Shop in Carmichaels, PA. Brodak, unarguably
the largest seller of control line models and flying supplies, has the advantage of being its own manufacturer
for most of its products. Because of that, they are able to sell at the lowest prices possible for a
proprietary line of goods. Control line model airplane kits, nuts and bolts and washers and other assembly
hardware, flying ...
Some of My Stuff Is for Sale
I am selling few items. All are in new or like-new condition and
are priced very fairly. If you are planning to purchase any of these items anyway, please consider buying
them from me to help support the Airplanes and Rockets
website. A complete list is here.
Thanks for your help.
Did ESD Blow the Hatch on Liberty Bell 7?
of Design News just posted a piece about a new book called
Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom, by George
Leopold." Anyone knowing the history of America's manned space flight program is familiar with the hatch
blowing off the capsule (which quickly sunk) of the
Mercury Redstone 4
mission while awaiting a helicopter rendezvous for pickup in the Atlantic Ocean. Grissom insisted he
did not activate
the firing mechanism, and now, 55 years later, a forensic investigation suggests that possibly an ESD
event was the cause. An electrical spark, ironically, is believed to have ignited the fire on
Apollo 1 that claimed Grissom's
China Unveils World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft
"China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious
aircraft which will be used to fight forest fires and perform marine rescues. The aircraft, dubbed the
AG600, is around the size of a Boeing 737 - far larger than any other plane built
to take off and land on water. It has a maximum flight range of 2,800 miles and can collect 12 tonnes
of water in 20 seconds. Its maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes. The state-owned Aviation Industry
Corporation of China unveiled the first
8-Rotor Flying Chair Uses 2-Cylinder Model Airplane Engines
"Manned multicopter build part 12 For the very first time I'm actually flying around,
and just enjoying myself. Yes, it is in the smallest scale possible and no the control system is not
optimal but still; the fun and excitement factors are way off the official scale….! "
Jetex Free Flight Beginners Project
Jetex engines enjoyed wide popularity in the 1950s and 60s, even
into the 1970s. Unlike using a model rocket engine for propulsion which produces a short duration of
Jetex engines were a relatively long burning, low thrust propulsion source. Rather than launching
a model vertically at great initial velocity, the Jetex engine allowed a mode to be launched my hand
in a slightly nose high attitude and the model would gradually build speed for climbing - like a jet-powered
aircraft. Various size Jetex engines were made over the three or so decades they were manufactured,
ranging from the diminutive Jetex Atom 35 to the powerful Jetex Scorpion 600
BAE Claims Aviation 1st with Laser Airspeed Sensor
"The Laser Air Speed
Sensing Instrument (LASSI) which is being exhibited at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow
sets itself apart from conventional methods as it accurately measures velocity even at low speeds. Air
speed is normally determined using pitot tubes – which protrude from aircraft and sense variations in
air pressure with speed. Although usually heated, these tubes are vulnerable to blockage in icy conditions.
They could also be damaged by collisions with birds and when the aircraft is on the ground. Operating
on the same principle