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

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More Progress on the Grandmother Clock Project

More Progress on the Grandmother Clock Project - Airplanes and RocketsProgress continues to be made on the Lorraine Grandmother Clock project, which is being built from Klockit plans. The latest installment shows assembly detail on the crown trim as well as initial shaping of the cove molding strips. Fluted corner columns for the Hood are also shown.

Scalecraft & Finish

Scalecraft & Finish (March/April 1963 American Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsIf you are a beginner looking for advice on how to tackle a good old-fashioned dope finish on your model, this article from the March-April edition of American Modeler is about as fundamental as it get. The author recommends methods for operating and cleaning a spray gun, how to properly prepare a model for painting, taping off trim lines, and even achieving that high gloss finish that so many contest grade models have. If you are looking for pictures, then this article is not for you - it's all business. However, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then the inverse must be true that a thousand words is worth a picture. That being so, this article contains three pictures. 

A Programmable Dynamic Attitude-Aware
Motor Speed Control for
Electric-Powered Control Line Aircraft

A Programmable Dynamic Attitude-Aware Motor Speed Control for Electric-Powered Control Line Aircraft - Airplanes and RocketsThere is currently a big shift from internal combustion engines to electric motors for powering model vehicles of all sorts - airplanes, helicopters, boats, and cars - and of all control modes - autonomous (free flight), radio control, and control-line. The state of motor and battery technology has passed the point where the weight and thrust available with electric power meets or exceeds that of engines for most applications. Costs are pretty much at parity as well when you compare engine vs. motor and fuel vs. battery acquisition and cost of ownership over the life of the power system. All sorts of useful electronic peripheral equipment has been developed for use with electric motor power: programmable electronic speed controllers, motor cutoffs based on altitude and/or elapsed time for free flight, motor timer/speed controls for control line, and even engine noise generators to give life-like sound to otherwise eerily quiet war birds and commercial transports, to name a few. These devices had made the switch to electric power nearly seamless for most flyers. There is probably little demand for a spray bottle of burnt fuel residue for coating the model after a session, but I personally would like an of Eau du Running Fox 35 air freshener just for the sake of nostalgia. As a life-long control line model airplane flyer with only sometimes moderate aerobatic success... (A Programmable Dynamic Attitude-Aware Motor Speed Control for Electric-Powered Control Line Aircraft)

The Visible Airplane Engine by Renwal

The Visible Airplane Engine, by Renwal - Airplanes and RocketsI'm continually amazed at what people are willing to pay for vintage airplane and rocket products. Some kits from the 1960s and earlier sell for many times what even the inflation-adjusted prices of the originals sold for. This plastic Visible Airplane Engine kit from Renwal is a prime example. The engine is a Pratt & Whitney 9-cylinder "WASP" radial. It just went up for auction on eBay when I did the screen captures. The price is already at $127, and there are still six days left on the auction. The last one I saw ended up selling for around $350. I would love to have the Visible Airplane Engine to build and put on display, but there is no way I can afford to spend that kind of dough on a kit. I will graciously accept one as a gift, though...

Postcards from WWII

Vintage Postcards from WWII - Airplanes aand RocketsMany of our relatives, particularly those who were in the military during World War I and World War II, have old postcards that reflect society at the time. You could argue, of course, that the mere fact that wars were being fought during the periods referenced demonstrates that the world was never a kinder, gentler place, but the utter crudeness and lack of civility in discourse was certainly at a lower level back then. My mother-in-law recently gave Melanie a stack of postcards that her brother (Melanie's uncle) sent while he was in the U.S. Army at the beginning of WWII.

R/C Soaring Digest Magazine

R/C Soaring Digest Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsRadio Controlled Soaring Digest magazine has a dedicated website now. Although they are celebrating their 30th year of existence, RC Soaring Digest used to be hosted on the B2Streamlines aviation book seller website, the new website belongs exclusively to the magazine. RC Soaring Digest can be downloaded each month from their website, and is chock full of great photos and information on RC gliders.

Pat Nelson: Ace of Test Pilots
(as seen in A Christmas Story)

Pat Nelson - Ace of Test Pilots - Airplanes and RocketsDo you remember the scene in A Christmas Story where the kids Ralphie's the classroom all wear fake teeth and the teacher, Mrs. Shields, collects them and tosses them into her desk drawer? That drawer is filled with many formerly confiscated items, including a copy of "Pat Nelson: Ace of Test Pilots" (copyright 1937). The story is about a daring young pilot who is regarded by his peers as one of the best test pilots and racing pilots in the country. Pat's life is one of tragedy and victory. His father was killed during a robbery that also left his youngest brother, 'The Kid,' paralyzed from a bullet wound, and his other brother missing after being absconded by the gang of thugs. The book appeals to me from many aspects. As my website attests to, I have been a lifelong lover of aircraft of all types. As my website attests to, I have been a lifelong lover of electronics of all types. The Kid, happens to be an "expert radio Ham" (license number W-103) who is constantly in contact with Pat when he's in the air, helping to solve crimes and passing important messages to ground crews...

Grandmother Clock Project Making Good Progress

Lorraine Grandmother Clock Project Making Good Progress on Hood and Crown - Airplanes and RocketsThe Lorraine grandmother clock project is finally making good progress again. Time is being split between it and painting the bedroom closets and doping a couple model airplanes, but the Hood and Crown assemblies are really looking like a clock these days! I can't wait until the day it is standing proudly in the living room chiming out the hours, day and night. I'm hoping by the end of 2013 it'll be there.

Previously Unseen Film of Germany's
V-2 Rocket Program

Semroc V-2 Model Rocket Kit - Airplanes and RocketsThis documentary film produced by the NOVA staff has previously unseen footage of Germany's rocket program, focusing primarily on the V-2 rocket development. Interestingly for people like us, it shows how model rocketry was a major sport in Germany during the period between World War I and World War II. There is some great footage of laymen's attempts at launching model rockets.

More Li'l Folks Comics from
The Saturday Evening Post

More Li'l Folks Comics from The Saturday Evening Post - Airplanes and RocketsPeanuts comic strip creator Charles Schulz began his popular comic strip under the title "Li'l Folks." Before United Features picked him up for syndication, Schulz's works ran in a dozen issues of The Saturday Evening Post. The name was comic strip's changed against Schulz's will, and he never like the "Peanuts" brand. I have been collecting the editions of Saturday Evening Post where Li'l Folks ran, and posting the single-pane comics here on Airplanes and Rockets. Three new ones were just added. Enjoy.

Wild Bill Netzeband's Control Line Capers

Wild Bill Netzeband's Control Line Capers (July/August 1963 American Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsHoly-moley, this column is just packed with good information for control liners! In fact, most of Bill Netzeband's monthly column in American Modeler were packed with reports and tips. Look in the "Engine Size vs. Lines" section of this 1963 edition for a handy guide to what control line diameter and length to use for a given range of engine sizes. He mentions the use of integral calculus to calculate control line drag coefficients for creating a nomograph - heavyweight talk you won't find in today's magazines! There is also a really funny comic that control-liners will appreciate.

Handy-Mac" 50-mc R/C Transmitter

Handy-Mac" 50-mc R/C Transmitter (July/August 1963 American Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsWhen I wax nostalgic about old tube radio sets, it is not because I don't appreciate the performance and quality of modern electronics. It is just that a lot of the technology was still mainstream when I was young (born in 1958). I remember having it in my parents' house and seeing even older stuff in my grandparents' house. Some people's midlife crisis takes the form of wearing age-inappropriate clothing, gold jewelry, and chasing after strange women. The manifestation of my 'crisis,' if you want to call it that, has been collecting memorabilia from days of yore. There is a huge demand for it, so I make as much as I have time for posting available for others to enjoy. Articles like this one are from old editions I bought on eBay, a 1963 edition of American Modeler in this instance. Even though nobody will go out and buy parts to build this tube-based R/C transmitter, there...

Original Cover Art for David
Holland's Flying Men for Sale

David J. Holland's Original Cover Art for 'Flying Men', 1962 AM Annual Edition - Airplanes and RocketsDave's original cover art along with the cover of the 1962 Annual Edition of American Modeler IS FOR SALE! Please contact David if you are interested in purchasing the original cover artwork.

R/C Car & Helicopter Police Pursuit
Video Looks Realistic

R/C Car & Helicopter Police Pursuit Video Looks Realistic - Airplanes and RocketsThis is an amazing video of a police car and helicopter chasing illegal street racers through parking lots and alleyways. Sure, you've seen hundreds - maybe even thousands - of them on television and in the movie theater, but this one uses radio controlled vehicles and miniature props to make the filming look very realistic. The talent out there is incredible!

MO-Bipe Article & Plans

Mo-Bipe Article & Plans, January 1973 American Aircraft Modeler  - Airplanes and RocketsA lot of careful thought and detail went into planning and rationalizing why a biplane version of the venerable MO-1 control line Carrier model should fly better than the traditional monoplane platform. It was January of 1973 when this article appeared in American Aircraft modeler. Time has shown that the old adage about if something isn't broken, don't fix it must ring true here. That is not to say efforts should not be undertaken to improve on a design, just that in this case going to a biplane configuration was not the answer. Maybe website visitor Duke J., who wrote to ask for this article, can pick up where Mr. Gerber and Mr. Higley (yes, THE Harry Higley) left off. Maybe a MO-Tripe...?

Ed Amber-Song with His e-Powered Super Sniffer

Surprise! Another Side of the Satellite 1000 (May 1972 American Aircraft Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsSurprise! Another Side of the Satellite 1000 (May 1972 American Aircraft Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsYou might recall about a year and a half ago when I posted an article about when Ed Amber-Song contacted me telling how he was the photographer in the background of the Cover Photo of the May 1972 edition of American Aircraft Modeler. The subject was Bill Hunter's Satellite 1000 free flight model. Ed has recently drawn a high quality version of the Satellite 1000 plans in a PDF file format. The AMA Plans Service does not offer plans for the Satellite 1000, oddly enough. Ed also sent a photo of his e-powered Super Sniffer.

Operation Radio Control

Operation Radio Control, July 1960 Popular Electronics - Airplanes and RocketsHaving worked at many different electronics companies in the last 30 years of both commercial and defense product nature, I do not recall ever knowing of more than a couple people at any one location who were active R/C modelers. Compare that to the large number of guys in this 1960 Popular Electronics article working for ITT in New Jersey, who were involved in R/C boating and aircraft. There were probably also some with R/C cars who were not covered in the article. At least part of the reason for the camaraderie had to be due to the need for groups of experts to pool their talents for success since the availability and reliability of equipment was much lower than it is now, or even a couple decades ago. Probably no one in this article ever dreamed that the state of the art in both prefab models and electronics would reach the point it has today where even the rankest of amateurs can buy a ready-to-run model car, boat, or airplane and be able to operate it successfully. Compare today's success rate even to the percentage of Cox control line models that never made a full circle in the air before being unrepairably smashed into terra firma. As with most aspects of society, engineering has assisted people in becoming more independent from neighbors and workmates - indeed a two-edged sword.

Watch Bob Walker's 15' Wingspan Giant Benoist Fly

Watch Bob Walker's 15' Wingspan Giant Benoist Fly - Airplanes and RocketsModel Airplane News has a video of Bob Walker's 15-foot-span giant-scale flying boat has taking to the air on her maiden flight. "This RC model was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first passenger carrying aircraft in the world. Here's a note from Bob: 'HEY GUYS WE FLEW the BEN-WAH ! It was a very harried flight. Carl Bachhuber came down from Wisconsin and did the honors. He says I put a lot of grey hairs on his head. The pictures here are from Nick Ziroli. I've got some work to do so we can try it again. The first flight was all over the place and I don't know how Carl got it down with a pullout the last second on its wheels.'"

X-47B Arrives Onboard USS Harry S. Truman

X-47B Arrives Onboard USS Harry S. Truman - Airplanes and RocketsThe Navy hoisted an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator on board aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) November 26, in preparation for an unmanned aircraft's first, carrier-based testing.
A team from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) embarked Truman to conduct tests and demonstrations. The X-47B, which boasts a wingspan of more than 62 feet (wider than that of an F/A-18 Super Hornet), will demonstrate seamless integration into carrier flight deck operations through various tests. During each demonstration, the X-47B will be controlled remotely via a hand-held control display unit (CDU). Truman will be the first modern aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft.

Armstrong-Whitworth F.K. 10 Quadruplane

Wild Bill Netzeband's Control Line Capers, Armstrong-Whitworth F.K. 10 Quadruplane (July/August 1963 American Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsIf two and three wings was good for the early aeroplanes, then surely four and more would be even better. That seemed to be the prevailing thought in aircraft design - at least for a short time. In the case of the Armstrong-Whitworth F.K. 10, the primary reason for more wings was to be able to use a short chord and thereby afford the pilot better visibility in dogfight scenarios. An all-flying stabilizer (stabilator) was used for improved maneuverability. Obviously that whole thing didn't work out. This quad-wing plane, aka 'quadruplane', built by Armstrong-Whitworth in 1916 was one of the few built in production. The author of this article that appeared in the July/August 1963 edition of American Modeler is none other than Peter Bowers, designer of the award-winning Fly Baby biplane. Hobby King now sells an Armstrong-Whitworth F.K. 10 model.

Flexwings (aka Para-Wings)

Flexwings (aka Para-Wings), (May/June 1963 American Modeler Magazine) - Airplanes and Rockets"The flex-wing is now frequently referred to as the 'Rogallo Wing' and the name will probably stick." That quote is from a 1963 edition of American Modeler - nearly 50 years ago!. Author Scholefield certainly was correct in predicting that the "Rogallo Wing" moniker will stick. There have been quite a few articles for such R/C models since then, and I've seen at least one company advertise a "Rogallo Wing" kit, but if you're interested, the info here should do just fine.

No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached (May/June 1963 American Modeler Magazine) - Airplanes and RocketsBeing risk averse by nature, I have always shied away from 'serious' free flight for fear of losing a model to a passing thermal or an unobserved wind carrying a model into the hinterlands or into the tops of trees. Having at least control of the rudder to make the ship turn around as necessary always seems the prudent approach. Still, there are thousands of daredevils who willingly risk all for the chance to set a new personal record and/or practice for a competition, relying on a dethermalizer and a lot of skill to stave off disaster. They surely are a hardy bunch. This "No Strings Attached" column from the May/June 1963 edition of American Modeler reports on "Lucky" Bill Hartill, whose FF ship was whisked away by one of those aforementioned thermals, deemed lost forever, and then a few hours later found and returned by a farmer who saw it landing in his field 8 miles away. That's just one of many instances, evidently, where "Lucky" earned his nickname.

Heinkel He-51 Biplane Fighter

He-51 Heinkel's Biplane Fighter and Trautloft of the Condor Legion (March/April 1963 American Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsThe Heinkel He-1 first appeared on the flight lines of German in 1933, six years before Hitler's forces invaded Poland and began World War II. Its 750 hp BMW engine dragged it along at a respectable 205 mph - a respectable speed for a biplane in that era. The range was 242 miles, which is only 121 out and back, so an auxiliary tank was fitted to extend it to 430 miles. The model in this article from a 1963 edition of American Modeler is based on a version of the He-1 that was used in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). With a 35" wingspan, this fully built-up control-line biplane is powered by a Fox .35 engine. The airframe is very robust - typical of the era - and the original was covered in silk and dope. Really nice plans and a drawing of the assembled airframe are included.

Rocket Trails -- Boost Gliders: Winged "Birds"

Rocket Trails: Boost Gliders: Winged "Birds" (July/August 1963 American Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsRocket-boosted gliders grew in popularity in the early 1960s and then seemed to ebb by the end of the decade. I'm not sure why. Maybe the rocketry purists droved a more timid Boost Glider (B/G) bunch into the background. I remember getting some pretty nice flight out of my Estes Falcon glider. This article from the 1963 March/April edition of American Modeler mentions Vern Estes' efforts to foster the boost glider craze by modifying what I knew as the Gyroc to perform as a glider once the engine cartridge was ejected, rather than recover in its original form by creating a high drag profile via a rapid spin. Rockets, like free flight model airplanes, need a lot of open space if altitudes of more than a few hundred feet are planned. Sure, you can estimate the angle for the launch pad tin hopes of firing upwind enough to allow the rocket to be blown back near the launch location, but I can tell you from personal experience that just a model airplanes can be unexpectedly snatched by a passing thermal and carried away to the hinterlands, so too can a model rocket hanging on a parachute...

Small-Fry Special Article & Plans

Small-Fry Special Article & Plans (May 1969 American Aircraft Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsAirplanes and Rockets visitor Rob K. requested that the article be posted for the Small-Fry Special, a 1/2A-powered beginner's control-line model. Its all sheet balsa construction with the engine mounted using rubber bands makes the Small-Fry Special easy to build and repair, and provides a extra helping of forgiveness if you happen to botch a landing. The wing even has ailerons glued permanently in position for a right roll to help keep the lines tight. Photos and flying instructions are included in the article from the May 1969 edition of American Aircraft Modeler.

Model Boating - Aquativities

Model Boating - Aquativities - Airplanes and RocketsAs with model airplanes, if you wanted to enjoy the hobby of model boating back in the 1960s when this article appeared in American Modeler, you had to be willing to tackle building your own model either from a kit or from plans. Ready-to-run boats were a relative rarity. Having built half a dozen model boats myself, including nitro and wind powered types, boats require a bit more work than an equivalent level of airplane because working with birch and mahogany plywood and various other-than-balsa woods is more difficult when bending, forming, and sanding. Nothing makes you appreciate carving and sanding a balsa block like trying to do the same on a piece of soft pine (or worse, something like maple or teak). Radio control was well established by the 1960s, but the size of most of the commercially available equipment was pushing the limits of practicality even for a lot of boats. The craftsmanship exhibited in some of these model...

Old Ironsides Dyna-Jet Speed

Old Iron Sides Article & Plans (July 1970 American Aircraft Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsWebsite visitor Bill J. requested that I post this article on Old Ironsides, a Dyna-Jet-powered Jet Speed racer that appeared in the July 1970 edition of American Aircraft Modeler. These models flew with speeds north of 160 miles per hour. On 70-foot lines, 160 mph work out to 32 rotations per minute for the pilot, or about one revolution every 2 seconds. That would make a lesser man too dizzy to stand up long enough to last more than a few laps, even with the handle being mounted to a pole to help him keep his balance. Authentic Dyna-Jet engines are selling on eBay for over $500 when they appear.

Bean Hill Flyers (Erie, PA) Nov/Dec Newsletter

Bean Hill Flyers Club Newsletter, November/December 2012 - Airplanes and RocketsThe Bean Hill Flyers' November / December newsletter arrived in the mail today. My only participation in the club at this point is to post the newsletters on the Internet. Prior to my doing so it was almost impossible to find any information on control line flying in the Erie, Pennsylvania, area. At least now, hopefully, people are able to contact members and locate the flying fields. The newsletter mentions that club membership numbers have grown considerably in 2012.

Model Boating - Aquativities

Model Boating - Aquativities - Airplanes and RocketsAs with model airplanes, if you wanted to enjoy the hobby of model boating back in the 1960s when this article appeared in American Modeler, you had to be willing to tackle building your own model either from a kit or from plans. Ready-to-run boats were a relative rarity. Having built half a dozen model boats myself, including nitro and wind powered types, boats require a bit more work than an equivalent level of airplane because working with birch and mahogany plywood and various other-than-balsa woods is more difficult when bending, forming, and sanding. Nothing makes you appreciate carving and sanding a balsa block like trying to do the same on a piece of soft pine (or worse, something like maple or teak). Radio control was well established by the 1960s, but the size of most of the commercially available equipment was pushing the limits of practicality even for a lot of boats. The craftsmanship exhibited in some of these model...

Helicopter Pilot Fishes R/C P-51 out of Treetop

Helicopter Pilot Fishes R/C P-51 out of Treetop - Airplanes and RocketsThis is a pretty amazing video. A helicopter instructor and his student happen to fly by an R/C flying field and watched a P-51 model land in a treetop. The instructor, who says he also flies R/C models, maneuvered the Robinson-22 into position while his student leaned out of the door and picked the P-51 from the tree. The P-51 pilot on the ground must have felt like the luckiest guy in the world that day. How often does and angel come from the sky to return your airplane to you? Caution: Casual adult language used in the video, including F-bomb.

With Member Feedback, AMA
Issues Guidelines for FPV

With member feedback, AMA issues new guidelines for FPV - Airplanes and RocketsThe AMA Advanced Flight Systems Committee (AFSC) in a collaborative effort with leading members of the hobby industry and First Person View (FPV) community developed comprehensive guidelines to enable AMA members to utilize these systems within the parameters of AMA’s and FAA’s operational requirements. The AFSC Guidelines for these systems were presented, reviewed and adopted by the Executive Council during the October 20, 2012 council meeting.

Sub-Rudder Added to Sparky Plans

Sub-Rudder Added to Sparky Plans - Airplanes and RocketsMany thanks to Airplanes and Rockets visitor Andy K. for providing the sub-rudder portion of the Comet Sparky plans. I have two original plans sheet for the Sparky, circa 1999 and 2001, and neither has the sub-rudder for some reason. I added it to the full-size plans.

Model Car Show

Model Car Show (May/June 1963 American Modeler Magazine) - Airplanes and RocketsFor some reason I was never big into building model cars, although my teenage years best friend Jerry Flynn, was. Jerry and I flew lots of model airplanes and rockets together, but he was the car modeler. Jerry had a bit of an artist's touch with models and would build top fuel dragster models from scratch using plastic sheet stock. He won a couple contests back in the 1970s at the big hot rod show held in the Washington, D.C., Armory. As a body-fender repair shop technician and eventually body shop owner, he could repair dents so perfectly that you couldn't tell the repair from the original. The models shown in this 1963 American Modeler magazine are not too far removed from the kinds of car models on the store shelves when I was a kid. A lot of the models can probably be bought today on eBay.

Buying Dope by the Gallon to Save Big $$$

How to Save Money Buying Dope - Airplanes and RocketsAfter experimenting with some of the newer finishing materials and paints, none have really given me the satisfaction of a good, old-fashioned silkspan and dope finish. Dope, however, is a relatively high cost option, both for nitrate and for butyrate. There is a way to help bring down the expense by buying it by the gallon, if you don't already do so. Sig and Brodak are fine dope products, but even in the quart size cans it costs 2x to 3x the amount of getting it by the gallon from Aircraft Spruce. I have a vintage Carl Goldberg 1/2A Skylane configured for control line that is now in the process of being covered, and a vintage control line Sterling F4U-1 Corsair is nearing completion of the construction so it will be getting covered soon. On top of that, I have a vintage Top Flite P-40 Warhawk control line kit that will be next in line for building and covering. Finally, plans and balsa have been procured for a long-awaited control line Douglas DC-3 control line model that will also be covered with silkspan and dope. That's a lot of dope to buy...

Pacer 1/2A Pattern Ship

Pacer Plans & Article (August 1974 American Aircraft Modeler)Mr. Steve S., my Canadian neighbor who has also built the So Long and Quarter Pint models from plans found on Airplanes and Rockets, is now about to undertake the Pacer 1/2A pattern model that was featured in the August 1974 edition of American Aircraft Modeler. It originally used foam wings, so I'm guessing he will be drawing up plans for a balsa version, but we'll have to wait an see. I have every confidence that Steve's rendition will do the craft's designer, Owen Campen, proud.

One-Man Air Force

One-Man Air Force, March 1970, American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes & RocketsIn 1970, when this article was written about USAF TSgt. Gordon Ford's incredible collection of giant control line scale, multi-engined flying models, the KC-135 Stratotanker was still a decade from being replaced by the KC-10, the C-5A Galaxy was just coming online as the world's largest cargo aircraft, and the C-133 Cargomaster was about to be mothballed. C-124 Globemasters were on their last legs, the XB-70 Valkyrie was a bygone dream, and the Convair T-29 (C-131) only had a few good years left in her. These are just a few of the aircraft in SSgt. Ford's hangar. How he was able to transport all these humongous models from base-to-base is hard to imagine. I know from my short tenure in the USAF (4 years) that the allowance given for transporting personal effects is not very large, and that you have to pay for anything over the basic amount. My guess...

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