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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 ..."

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ..."

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 ...

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 ..."

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 ...

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 ...

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 ..."

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 ..."

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 ..."

Aerospace Headline News

Tech Industry Headlines - RF Cafe- Archives -

Companies Team to Develop Avionics for Drones

FAA to Discontinue DUATS Program in May

Webb Telescope's Launch Delayed Until 2020

Aviation, Social Mobility, and the American Dream

Amazon, Google, Others Developing Private Air-Traffic Control for Drones

AOPA Announces 2018 Scholarship Programs

National Aviation Hall of Fame Reveals Class of 2018

Voyager 1 Fires up Thrusters After 37 Years

>$135,000 in Aviation Scholarships Now Available from EAA

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 ...

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 ..."

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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