Note: I don't see the inverted gull wing
plane mentioned. "Today, the best-known air race event is probably the Red Bull
Air Race World Championship, where small single-engine aircraft fly through a slalom
course featuring sharp turns at high speed against the clock. However, the
Formula One Air Racing series in fact predates
this event, and was first proposed in 1936 with its first event in 1947. The biggest
air race event in the world, the US National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada,
attracts some 150,000 spectators annually. In contrast to the Red Bull championship,
Formula One events are full multi-entrant races, where eight aircraft compete virtually
wingtip to wingtip around a 5.13km oval course at an altitude ..."
PEP Engine Ad, June 1960 Aero Modeller
Prior to the advent of the Internet, receiving
information on foreign modeling activity was pretty much limited to what the U.S.
publications like American Modeler and Model Airplane News decided
to print. Even that was limited to things like flying events and not to specific
products. Before a few years ago, I had never heard of PEP engines, a product of
Electronic Development, Ltd., of Surrey, England. This full-page advertisement from
a 1960 issue of Aero Modeller magazine promotes PEP's line of diesel engines.
Along with the English spelling of words like "aluminium," it mentions a type of
metal called "Mehanite" and another called "Hiduminium." Another advantage of the
Internet is the ability to look up unfamiliar terms like that which would never
be found ...
How Flying Cars Could Change the Aerospace
"A new study of the environmental sustainability
flying cars (electric vertical takeoff and landing
aircraft, or VTOLs) finds that they wouldn’t be suitable for a short commute but
could be valuable in congested cities or in places where there are geographical
constraints. The found that for trips of 62 miles, a fully loaded VTOL carrying
a pilot and three passengers had lower greenhouse gas emissions than ground-based
cars with an average vehicle occupancy of 1.54. Emissions were 52% lower than gasoline
vehicles and 6 percent lower than battery-electric vehicles ..."
Fighter Jets with Missile-Killing
"U.S. Air Force says a ground-based laser
downed multiple test missiles over New Mexico. A successful ground test has moved
the U.S. military one big step closer to putting anti-missile lasers on its aircraft.
A ground-based laser shot down 'several' missiles in flight during an April 23 test
at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Air Force officials said. Run by
the Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, the test was part of the
Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator,
or SHiELD, a program intended to protect aircraft from incoming missiles. AFRL officials
said security reasons prevented them from saying how many missiles were downed in
the test. The laser that the Air Force lab used for the test was ground-based ..."
Berkeley Models Privateer
Mr. Steven Krick wrote to ask a question
about my method for applying Silkspan on an open frame area on a vintage
seaplane model he is in the process of building. After imparting some of my limited
knowledge on such matters, he responded with some photos of the framed-up Privateer.
A few days he followed with a photo after the Silkspan has been applied. Hopefully,
more images will be made available as the progress continues. A Cox .049 is being
used for power. The Privateer was - and still is- a very popular amphibious model.
When Berkeley first produced the kit, modelers built it for radio control, control
line, and free flight ...
Drones Swarms Piloted by AI to Patrol
"Imagine you’re hiking through the woods
near a border. Suddenly, you hear a mechanical buzzing, like a gigantic bee. Two
quadcopters have spotted you and swoop in for a closer look. Antennae on both drones
and on a nearby autonomous ground vehicle pick up the radio frequencies coming from
the cell phone in your pocket. They send the signals to a central server, which
triangulates your exact location and feeds it
back to the drones. The robots close in. Cameras and other sensors on the machines
recognize you as human and try to ascertain your intentions. Are you a threat? Are
you illegally crossing a border? Do you have a gun? Are you engaging in acts of
terrorism or organized crime? The machines send video feeds ..."
3D Rocket Factory Takes Flight
"A rocket manufacturer pioneering 3D printing
technology is scheduled to loft its first payload into orbit as early as 2021 under
terms of a deal between the aerospace startup and a launch services provider. Relativity
Space said this week it has signed a launch services agreement with Spaceflight,
a satellite rideshare and mission management specialist. The deal calls for Spaceflight
to book satellite launches to low-earth orbit using Relativity's Terran 1 rocket,
an entirely 3D-printed rocket. Relativity bills itself as
the aerospace industry's first autonomous rocket factory and launch service integrating
machine learning and intelligent robotics with 3D autonomous manufacturing technology.
The startup claims it can build a rocket using additive manufacturing ..."
Vintage Northrop Flying Wing Crashes
"A restored one-of-a-kind 1944 flying-wing
airplane owned by the Planes of Fame Air Museum crashed April 22 during a flight
to prepare for an upcoming airshow, killing the pilot. The crash of the
Northrop N-9MB on the grounds of a state prison
near the Chino Airport, where the museum is located, occurred under unknown circumstances.
News accounts reported that the pilot had stopped responding to calls from the Chino
Airport control tower about seven minutes after takeoff from the airport. There
were no serious injuries of persons on the ground reported at the California Rehabilitation
Center in Norco ..."
Dornier Do-335 A-6 Scale Model by Steven Krick
One of the advantages of publishing a website
like AirplanesAndRockets is that occasionally I get contacted by modelers of exceptional
skill and, sometimes, renown within the modeling universe. Such was the case recently
when Mr. Steven Krick (a USAF jet engine mechanic many moons ago) wrote to
ask a question about my method for applying Silkspan on an open frame area on a
vintage Berkeley Privateer seaplane model. After receiving my response, he mentioned
his other model airplane building aspect - that of highly detailed plastic scale
kits like this Dornier Do−335 A−6,
a World War II era twin engine craft in a pusher-tractor configuration. According
to the Wikipedia entry on the Do−335, the "A−6" version was a "two-seat night fighter
aircraft, with completely separate second cockpit located above and behind the original."
A few years back at the Erie ...
Model Aviation Comics, January 1961 American Modeler
model aviation-related comics appeared in the January 1961 American Modeler
magazine. I'm not quite sure what message the first one is attempting to convey,
with the guy peering through a seafarer's spyglass to see his model airplane at
the end of the control lines. Maybe it is meant to imply the lines being used are
really long, or that his model it really tiny. Note the telescope dome in the background.
D-Day, June 6, 1944 - 75th Anniversary
Time heals all wounds,
as the saying goes. Since the days of gruesome wars, both victor and loser countries
have managed to establish civil relations and forgiveness for past actions. Some
have thrived, as between the U.S. and Japan and Germany, while others have not.
Ultimately, it is the greed for money, quest for power, and/or religious zeal of
a relative few at the top of national offices who cause the problems while their
people pay the price. So, too, do
people of countries that choose to oppose tyranny and free the world's oppressed.
Time also erases memories of those actions of men and women that caused the wars
and attendant suffering and loss. Today, very few people can tell you anything about
Socialism and its many forms are gaining popularity again based on ignorance.
= National Socialism. Beware. Listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's D-Day
prayer from June 6, 1944.
How to Make a Propeller in Six Days
This is pretty amazing. "Culver Props specializes in making custom, fixed-pitch,
two-blade, wood propellers. Lewis makes about 120 propellers a year. The path: Lewis
was taught by her grandfather, a mechanical engineer. 'I worked here while I was
going to college,' says Lewis, 'doing the things nobody else wanted to do, like
answering the phones. My grandpa taught me everything as we went along, and I've
been doing this now for 10 years. He passed away in 2016, so I continued the business
- me and my 84-year-old granny, who comes in every day and helps me. We specialize
in the larger-diameter propellers, a lot of World War I replicas. That's our sweet
Du-Bro Tri-Star Review, December 1975 RC Modeler
Du-Bro was the first American company to
produce a radio control helicopter kit - the Whirlybird 505. That was sometime
around 1972 It was modeled after the way free flight helicopters were built an the
engine and propeller sitting on top of the main rotor, using a free-wheeling rotor
that turned in response to the counter torque of the engine. Fixed pitch rotor blades
were controlled via a flybar assembly as was the case prior to the advent of flybarless
rotor heads. Du-Bro's next helicopter was a much-improved and very popular Hughes 300,
using a driven rotor with the engine mounted in the fuselage. It also used a flybar
for rotor control. Building off that success, they next introduced this
R/C helicopter. It was smaller than the Hughes 300 and modeled after
the RotorWay Scorpion homebuilt helicopter...
Chinese Hypersonic Vehicle Model
for Future Weapon System
"The hypersonic vehicle appears similar to
an American hypersonic weapon development project, HAWC. Images on Chinese social
media appear to show a hypersonic test vehicle that is a likely prototype for a
weapon system. The
Jia Geng No. 1 rocket, allegedly built for hypersonic
research, appears very similar to an American concept for a hypersonic cruise missile.
The images, which recently surfaced in Chinese language media, show the Jia Geng
No. 1 rocket, a collaboration between Xiamen University Aerospace Academy and Beijing
Lingkong Tianxing Technology Co., Ltd. The images show a rocket 28.5 feet long by
2.5 8.2 feet wide ..."
Keck Telescopes Get a Motion Control
"In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii
Island is surrounded by thousands of miles of thermally stable seas. The 13,796-foot
Maunakea mountain summit has no nearby ranges to roil the upper atmosphere, and
for most of the year, this atmosphere is clear, calm, and dry, enabling the
W. M. Keck Observatory, with its twin 10-meter-mirror
telescopes, to observe our galaxy and beyond at levels special to it since opening
in the early 1990s. Now, after the completion of a significant nine-year motion
control upgrade project, the Keck Observatory telescopes, each standing 30 meters
(almost 100 feet) tall, are offering data and observations with new and impressive
nanometer precision. And all changes were made without experiencing any ..."
NASA Unveils Radically New Airplane
"Most planes use rigid wings with moving
parts. But what if there was a wing that was not only completely flexible, but could
be programmed to change on the go? A wing that could adapt to the most efficient
shape for any flight, wind conditions or scientific mission? MADCAT is making that
wing a reality. The Mission Adaptive Digital Composite Aerostructure
Technologies, or MADCAT, team at NASA's Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon
Valley, uses carbon fiber composites - a strong and light material made of carbon
atoms - to design and test efficient, ultra-light wings that can adapt on the fly ..."
Cunningham on R/C: Edsel Murphy's Law
One of the monthly columns in R/C Modeler
magazine, written by Chuck Cunningham, entitled "Cunningham on R/C," that reported
on the current state of radio control, which had only fairly recently evolved into
fully solid state, proportional control systems. Anyone involved in electronics
is painfully familiar with the weird kinds of issues that crop up in complex circuits
that operate in hostile environments. The March 1970 issue contained part of an
article authored by D. L. Klipstein, Director of Engineering, Measurement Control
Devices, entitled, "Murphy's Law: The
Contributions of Edsel Murphy to the Understanding of the Behaviour of Inanimate
Objects.*" Only a few of the items were printed in Cunningham's column, but
I managed to locate a copy of the full article ...
Alain Pons' Turbojet "Duck" Canard
The turbojet-power version of "Alain's Duck" canard
has made its maiden flight. As you can see in the video (on the page), it handles
as smoothly as the other versions. Of course Alain's piloting skills play at least
a small part in how well she flies. More details will follow once Alain supplies
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