MG's Magnette was produced 1954and 1958. It was a fairly large,
4-door family car with rather posh features like leather seats, electric windshield wipers, safety glass,
and rustproofing. The price tag of $2,675 in 1954, when this article appeared in Air Trails
magazine, is equivalent to $27,148 in 2017 dollars per the BLS Inflation Calculator. You cannot buy
a car in the same class today for that amount. Modern cars are loaded with many more creature comforts
and are heavily burdened with regulatory-mandated environmental and safety features that add ...
AMA president Rich Hanson published an editorial column in the
April 2017 issue of Model Aviation titled, "How high can I fly?) Ok, more correctly it should
have asked, "How high may I fly?" since it addresses the oft-asked question about what altitude limit
is imposed on model aircraft. Mr. Hanson does a great job explaining the situation, and points
out that the current
limit has been on the books with the FAA since at least 1972. He refers to a full-page notice to
model airmen on page 49 of the November 1972 issue of American Aircraft Molder, the AMA monthly
publication that preceded Model Aviation ...
tests have resumed on subscale aircraft that could one day observe the Martian atmosphere and a variant
that will improve collection of Earth's weather data. Work on the shape of the aircraft and the systems
it will need to fly autonomously and collect data are ongoing for the
Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-M aircraft.
Student interns with support from staff members at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California
are advancing the project ..."
G. Harry Stine was (and in some places still is)
a household word (ok, a letter and three words) amongst people who engage
in model rocketry. As
a degreed physicist, he spent his professional years working in both civilian and government aerospace
projects. In his spare time, Mr. Stine contributed mightily to the science, industry, and sport
of model rocketry. His monthly columns in American Aircraft Modeler were read and appreciated by enthusiasts
hungry for a regular helping of the technical side of the craft, served in layman's terms. A typical
article written by him reports on some ...
"This week's video comes from the U.S. where Aurora Flight
Sciences and Stratasys have teamed up to build the world's first
jet-powered, 3D printed aircraft. Using 80% 3D printed parts, the UAV is composed
of Stratasys' ULTEM 9085 lightweight material to help achieve flight speeds of over 150mph. The high-speed
system boasts an impressive 9 ft wingspan and weighs in at only 33 lbs. In the following video,
Dan Campbell, aerospace research engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences, explains how the UAV project met
a number of goals using Stratasys ..."
If you have a vintage
Cox .010 Pee Wee engine
sitting on the display shelf and you've been itching to get it in the air again, Ken Willard's Flying
Bandanna could be just the thing to get you there. Ken claims it only takes about 10 minutes to assemble,
and as he says of the bandanna 'parachute,' it is "...a built-in wiping rag for your hands after each
flight!" I remember as a kid when my .049-powered plastic Cox control line models had finally be demolished
beyond repair (no glue at the time would hold the styrene plastic together for long) ...
level (p/n 3311990) was bought sometime back in the early to mid 1980s,
not long after Melanie and I were married in May of 1983, at the Sears store in Annapolis, Maryland.
After living in while restoring four or five houses in the span of twenty years, it was really showing
signs of use and abuse, especially the plastic windows protecting the fluid vials. There wasn't much
protection going on with half of them either cracked or missing. A replacement 24" Johnson level was
bought, but I kept ...
have had one of those ubiquitous 'farm tables'
since sometime in the late 1980s, back when they were made of wood that is about 50% thicker than today's
variety. Over the decades, it has been used variably as a school desk for our kids, as a sewing table,
as a computer desk, and as a surface for building model airplanes. It has endured no fewer than ten
household moves in that time (don't ask). After all that, it was understandably
due for being repaired and refinished ...
Force weapons developers expect to operate hypersonic intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance
drones by the 2040s, once scientific progress with autonomy and propulsion technology matures to a new
level. The advent of using a
drone platform able to travel at high altitudes, faster than Mach 5, will follow the emergence of
hypersonic weapons likely to be operational in the mid-2020s, according to the Air Force Chief ..."
Models of Frank Smith's Miniplane have been built and flown by
scores of modelers over the decades. Homebuilt planes are popular scale projects partially because the
level of detail necessary to faithfully reproduce the full-size airplane is less that with a production
plane. Sig Manufacturing introduced a radio controlled kit model of the
Smith Miniplane back
in the 1970 that is still available for purchase on their website today. This article from a 1961 issue
of American Modeler includes plans ...
"Supersonic planes without the Earth-shaking sonic boom could arrive by 2023. When
the Concorde first hit the skies in the 1970s, it could fly from London to New York in just under three
hours. But despite being able to travel at twice the speed of sound, the futuristic supersonic jet failed
to attract passengers and was sent into decommission in 2003. Now researchers claim that Concorde-style
jets could be making a comeback, and are working ..."
"The FAA has approved a new airworthiness certificate for the
Boeing B-29 Superfortress Doc that will allow the historic warbird to tour the airshow
circuit. The restoration effort undertaken by Doc's Friends Inc. reached an important milestone in March,
the organization announced, with successful completion of 'phase one' flight tests. Restoration Program
Manager Jim Murphy said officials from the FAA office in Wichita, Kansas, and agency officials ..."
The "Golden Age of Flight"
is unofficially the period of time between World War I and World War II; i.e., the 1920s and
1930s. The Wright Brothers and their immediate followers had worked out the basics of flight control
and engine building, and the race was on to design airplanes for commercial passenger and freight transportation,
recreational pursuits, and military applications. Part of that process was the setting of records for
closed course and long distance speed, time to climb, altitude, and high-G ...
"Anyone who's ever flown a
drone of any sort will tell you that sooner or later, you're going to crash it.
The question is how exactly you will go about doing this, and how much of the drone will be functional
after it's happened. Most flying animals somewhat frustratingly don't have this problem: Birds and insects
run into things occasionally, and just shrug it off and keep on going, thanks to their biological
design, which includes both stiffness ..."
"Delivery drones still face an uncertain future, but there's at least one
scenario where they make a lot of sense: Flying robots can be ideal for bringing small, high value,
time-sensitive goods to people in low-infrastructure areas. As specific a situation as that sounds like,
it’s an enormous opportunity, and has the potential to make a huge difference in rural areas and disaster
relief missions with deliveries of food and medical supplies, for example. One challenge with that,
however, is that while drones are cheap to operate, the up-front investment ..."
Website visitor Doug H. wrote to ask that I check for information
on a couple people in particular who participated in the Radio Control portion of the 1971 and
1972 AMA Nationals competitions.
Rather than just do that, I went ahead and scanned and posted the entire articles so that all the available
information could be seen. I figured there may well be others who would like to have that information
available. The November issues of American Aircraft Modeler were typically where NATs coverage
It sure would be nice to have batteries that don't pose a bigger
risk of burning down your house, car, or model than glow fuel. "A team of engineers led by 94-year-old
John Goodenough [what a great name!], professor in the Cockrell School
of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the
lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that
could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices,
electric cars and stationary energy storage
NASA Selects Over 100 Small Business Projects to Advance Space Innovation
Women of AOPA Offer Advice to Future Female Pilots
Reaction Strong to President Trump's ATC Budget Language
Man Jailed for Hitting Woman with Drone
WASP's 100th Birthday to be Celebrated
Flame Retardant in Li-Ion Batteries Could Quench Fires
Japan's Low-Cost Rocket Fails at 1st Launch
Report Outlines Risks for Drones Flying Beyond Line of Sight
21 HS Students Win AOPA Scholarships
Website visitor Doug H. wrote to ask that I check for information
on a couple people in particular who participated in the Radio Control portion of the 1972 and
1971 AMA Nationals
competitions. Rather than just do that, I went ahead and scanned and posted the entire articles so that
all the available information could be seen. I figured there may well be others who would like to have
that information available. The November issues of American Aircraft Modeler were typically
where NATs coverage ...
If you are a nostalgia buff, go over to the
Archive.org website and enter the URL of a website whose early pages you would like
to see. This one here is a November 1999 version of Tower Hobbies' site. At the time, you needed to
spend at least $199.99 to get $10 off your order; today it only takes $99. There were no electric foamies,
brushless motors, 2.4 GHz radios, or drones! Remember the
America's Hobby Center ads from some of the earliest modeling magazines?
The author of this review for the Cameron .09 marine engine heaps
praise upon the creation, extolling it many advanced features. Robust construction and smooth running
evidently are two of its grandest characteristics. A few examples of the
Cameron .09 marine engine appear on eBay, with a montage of photos of a new-in-box
(NIB) example provided here. Weight including the built-in flywheel is 10 ounces - quite beefy compared
to a Cox Medallion .09, which tipped the scales at around 3½ ounces.
has wind tunnel tested the futuristic aircraft dubbed 'the new Concorde.' The revolutionary Quiet Supersonic
Technology (QueSST) project is aiming to create a jet that can break the 767mph sound barrier.
Space boffins from the U.S. space agency have joined forces with Lockheed Martin to work on the ambitious
project. Engineer Charles Bolden hopes the jets will one day ferry passengers across the Atlantic in
half the time of a conventional aircraft. Currently it takes a commercial airliner around
As with most other areas of sports and hobbies, the state of
the art in technology has advanced considerably in the last decade or two. Such is the case with those
Daisy 'Soft Air' (aka
rubber pellet guns we pre-special-snowflakes had as kids. They were simple spring-loaded, single-shot
pistols and rifles with an effective range of 30-40 feet - child's play (literally)
compared to today's just-short-of-deadly hardware. Li-Po-driven spring and compressed gas mechanisms
provide fully automatic operation that is so close to 'the real thing' that military and police forces
train for close-quarters scenarios with them.
Matthews has one of the most extensive websites covering every aspect of
so if you're interested
By the end of 1935, according to this full-page advertisement
in Boys' Life magazine, Henry Ford's automobile company had built 23 million cars and trucks.
Ford Motor Company
was founded in 1903 - 32 years earlier- so the average production rate was a little over 4½ million
per year. 2 million of them were powered by the V8 flathead engine, which had just been introduced in
1932. As with radios, flying machines, electric lights, and indoor plumbing, every new innovation was
Trails magazine ran a regular featured titled "Air Progress" that documented the evolution of various
classes of airplanes and helicopters. Occasionally, they would also run "Rocket Progress," "Auto Progress,"
and, less frequently, "Ship Progress."
Here, Mr. Staab presents an array or warships ranging from a primitive log dugout to a modern day (for
the 1950s) battleship. The drawings are usually crisp and clear, but for some reason these are blurry,