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

In order to provide for a reasonable homepage loading time, it is impractical to just keep adding items to the top of the stack and keep all the old stuff there too. Therefore, I have created these Airplanes and Rockets Homepage Archives to maintain a historical snapshot of everything once on the homepage. Unfortunately, I did not think to keep a record until around Fall of 2009; I had just been deleting items from the bottom of the stack. No more, though. Hence forth, if you recall seeing something on the homepage but it is no longer there, please check out these archive pages. I also keep an archive of all the modeling news additions:

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1955 National Model Race Car Competition

1955 National Model Race Car Competition from 1955 Annual Edition of Air Trails - Airplanes and Rockets"Time for the quarter mile distance was 6.05 seconds or 148.76 mph. There's your new Champion!" That was the judge's announcement at the conclusion of the 1954 National Model Car Competition. The cars ran in a 70-foot diameter circle on a tether, screaming away with their 0.0601 in3 displacement engines turning 22,000 rpm! Six laps at that diameter equals 1/4 of a mile - the distance over which the cars are timed. It must have been quite a sight and sound as those model cars tore around the track!  Anderson, Indiana, hosted the event. The American Miniature Racing Car Association (AMRCA), which officiated at the event, is still in existence today and still runs races in the same manner. Top speeds of over 200 mph have been recorded...

X-Acto Knife Advertisement

X-ACTO Knife Advertisement from December 1962 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsHere is a full-page advertisement for X-Acto products that appeared in the Christmas edition of American Modeler. I remember seeing X-Acto knives in the few modeling magazines I could lay my hands on when I was young and just becoming aware of the wonders of model building. Since there were no hobby shops nearby and I had not yet learned the fine art of mail ordering, my razor blade supplies were limited to digging double-edged shaving blades from my father's dispenser. It was sometimes a bloody affair using those things for cutting balsa. Until I got older and acquired my own set of tools, the selection around our house was pretty sad - maybe a dull...

Flying Site Success Story - Billings Bounces Back

Flying Site Success Story - Billings Bounces Back from December 1962 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and Rockets - Airplanes and Rockets

The loss of flying fields with a reasonable distance from population centers has been a problem for decades - half a century even, according to this story from a 1962 edition of Model Aviation.. You might be tempted to think that this instance must be in a bustling urban location like Atlanta, Georgia, Albany, New York, or Dallas, Texas, but in fact the problem here was in Billings, Montana. Usually the impetus is due to complaints about noise from model aircraft engines as houses are built nearby. The Flying Mustangs lost their field because a neighboring airport needed to expand its airspace, thereby forcing the flying field shutdown. A field where I flew occasionally near Kernersville, NC, had been in place for decades. In a period of about five years, a large neighborhood of expensive homes...

Rocket Trails: 1962 Nationals Pix

Rocket Trails: 1962 Nationals Pix from December 1962 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and Rockets - Airplanes and Rockets4th National Model Rocket Championships near USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was covered in the December 1962 edition of American Modeler. Mr. Harry Stine, who wrote the "Rocket Trails" column for many years, posted a few photos and short descriptions of the participants and their rockets. The Front Range region of Rocky Mountains has changed a lot in the half a century since that event was held. I moved to Colorado Springs for the first time in 1992, lived there for a couple years, left, and then returned in 2000 to discover a world of difference in population and housing density in that relatively short time period. The city had just about doubled...

Hobby Express Brings Manufacturing to USA

Hobby Lobby is now Hobby Express - Made in the USA - Airplanes and Rockets

Check this out: Hobby Express, originally Hobby Lobby, has brought production of their classic Telemaster kits back home to Tennessee. Hobby Lobby Telemaster Kit Made in the USA - Airplanes and Rockets"'Made in the USA' is an important consideration for Hobby Express when we source products. We are dedicated to the renewal of American manufacturing and assembly. Look for the 'Made in the USA' logo on the product pages listed below." News 2 WKRN-TV in Nashville did a feature story on them in April 2014.

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Zlin Akrobat For the Tenderfoot

Zlin Akrobat: For the Tenderfoot (September 1971 American Aircraft Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsWebsite visitor Adrian C., of Moncton NB, Canada, wrote to ask that I scan and post the article for a catapult-launched free flight glider model of the Zlin Akrobat that appeared in the September 1971 edition of American Aircraft Modeler. Written by well known and frequent contributor to the "For the Tenderfoot" series in AAM, this version of contest-winning full-size Akrobat has an 11" wingspan and the plans provide a high level of detail and realism for such a small model. Its bright scale-like red and white covering scheme is particularly attractive. 

Iron Curtain Engines - Da? Nyet?

Iron Curtain Engines - da? nyet? from August 1962 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsAmazingly, even during the Cold War years it was not uncommon to see aircraft modelers from the "Iron Curtain" countries participating in international contests. Even Commies like flying model airplanes. Because their societies and politics were so closed and guarded, getting information about their modeling supplies was darn near impossible except during events where inspection could be made. Being a generally friendly bunch of guys, the modelers would share their designs with the Free World, and vice versa. Then, in subsequent years the Commies would show up with equipment that was exact replicas of ours. Truth be know, most or all of the participants were probably KGB agents engaging in extracurricular espionage...

Peter O'Dactyl F/F is "Toeliner," Too!

Fearsome F/F is "Toeliner," Too! from December 1962 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and Rockets - Airplanes and RocketsRadio controlled models of birds have been popular for a long time. You might recall the R/C version of Jonathan Livingston Seagull that was made for the movie back in the 1970s (it showed up in an edition of R/C Modeler), and then various others have appeared in modeling magazines throughout the decades. The Best of Show winner at the Toledo show in 2011 was a giant size, twin turbine powered, fire breathing dragon! This "Peter O'Dactyl" pterodactyl model was published in American Modeler back in 1962 by Roy Clough, Jr. Its 36" wingspan and simple stick and tissue construction makes it a great novelty project for stirring up interest in young modelers...

Chula Vistan PAA-Load Free Flight

Chula Vistan PAA-Load Free Flight, from August 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsHere is unique and sophisticated 1/2-A free flight model designed for and flown successfully in Half-A payload, Half-A free flight, Class A free-flight, and it meets FAI gas requirements. By adding a set of floats it can be flown in R.O.W. events. Chula Vistan's elliptical dihedral and use of a diesel engine set it apart from many similar models of the era (mid-1950s). As with many F/F models, the Chula Vistan's framework is a work of art that is most appropriately covered in a translucent or transparent scheme with colored trim so that its structure can be appreciated. Not being a free flighter, I do not know if it meets modern specifications for...

Free Flight Color and Visibility Chart

Free Flight Color and Visibility Chart, from August 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsMuch has been written about colors and trim patterns that assist in preventing our model airplanes from being lost from flying out of sight against a blue sky or against a background of white, puffy clouds. Free flighters are particularly concerned about such things since their models are at the mercy of air currents. Even dethermalized models can be whisked away, never to be seen again, when a boomer of a thermal or a strong gust of wind asserts its influence. As a flier of radio controlled sailplanes, I can attest to the tense moments when suddenly a model at great altitude transitions from visible to invisible. Down elevator and rudder trim is the best action to set up a spiraling dive until eye contact is made once again...

Don Pratt's Full-Scale 1941 Taylorcraft

The Taylorcraft, February 1968 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsWebsite visitor Lincoln R. wrote to ask for a scan of the 3-view for the Taylorcraft that appeared in the February 1968 edition of American Aircraft Modeler. This particular 1941 vintage Taylorcraft was owned by well-known scale aeromodeler Don Pratt. It was still in pristine condition three decades after being manufactured. Don built a 1/4-scale model of his own airplane.

Jim Walker's A.J. Aircraft Company Advertisement

A.J. Aircraft Company Ad (Jim Walker), from August 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsJim Walker's A.J. (American Junior) Aircraft Company began operation in 1929, with no way of knowing the doom and gloom that would befall the country in October of the year when the Stock Market crashed and triggered what would become known as The Great Depression. By the time we had begun to come recover from the financial tragedy, World War II was at our doorstep, and a lot of raw materials - balsawood for airframes, metal for engines, rubber for wheels - was being directed toward the defense equipment and supply buildup, supplies were hard to come by. It was a really bad time to be starting a new business. The passion for all things that flew...

Rocket Trails - How To Get Started In Model Rocketry

Rocket Trails from June 1962 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsHarry (aka "Old Rocketeer") Stein wrote a monthly column for American Modeler back in the 1960s that covered a variety of topics ranging including model rocket contesting, model rocket building and trimming for flight, recovery systems, and even a little rocket scientist theory when appropriate. This particular article discusses getting started in model rocketry with using the diminutive Astron (Estes) Scout rocket which used a low-tech tumble recovery system. With the Space Age in full swing by that time, youths and adults around the world were anxious to get involved. It was an exciting time for everyone. My own foray into model rocketry began in the late 1960s during the Apollo...

1957 AMA Nat Photos

1957 AMA Nats Pics from November 1957 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsUnless you happen to be 10-year-old Stephen Stackhouse, of Levittown, Pennsylvania, then chances are if you recognize anyone from these 1957 Nats pictures, it is your father or grandfather. I think I saw that pinstriped sport jacket of Frank Bropher's hanging in the local Salvation Army thrift store ;-) The Corsair control line model was make from the same type kit as my Sterling F4U Corsair (which is still under construction).

Skiddin' II Racing Hydroplane

Skiddin' II, from August 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsModel boat plans are more difficult to come by than model airplane plans, so seeing this article in Air Trails for a small, free-running model hydroplane was a nice find. Its simple, inexpensive construction makes it a quick build for those rare modelers that still build their own models out of wood. The Skiddin' II can easily accommodate a modern miniature radio control system and a brushless motor setup. The original model was designed for a transom-mounted glow fuel outboard engine, but those things make model boat plans look plentiful. If you really want an outboard, try eBay, and be prepared to pay a couple hundred bucks for it.

Model This B-24 Liberator

Model This B-24 Liberator, from August 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsOne thing you can be pretty sure of when looking at airplane model articles in 1954-vintage magazines is that they are either free flight, static display, or control line. Radio control was still very new at the time and it was largely the realm of experimenters and guys who were willing to risk a lot of building time and effort on what would almost certainly eventually end in disaster. So, when I saw this construction article for a nice 68" wingspan, 4-engine B-4 Liberator, I knew it would be for control line. Although finding a copy of the original plans will be a challenge, the version I scanned along with the construction article high enough resolution to scale up for use...

Rubber Power Wakefield F.A.I. Free Flight "Gas"

International Meets: Rubber Power Wakefield F.A.I. Free Flight "Gas" from 1955 Annual Edition of Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsAre you an aeromodeler and does your name happen to be Carl Hermes, Rolf Hagen, Robert Dunham, or Donald MacKenzie? Were also you contesting in the free flight realm during the mid 1950s? If so, you might find yourself among these photos taken during the 1954 international FF championships held at the Suffolk County Air Force Base, sponsored by now defunct Convair aircraft company. All those young men are old timers now, as are the models they were flying. Maybe one of these fellows is your father or grandfather. Print out the photo and send it to him if you want to see a grown man cry. Take a close look at the last photo and you will spy none other than Lt. General Jimmy Doolittle...

Novel Field Kit for a Free Flighter

Novel Field Kit for a Free Flighter from August 1970 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsHere is novel idea from well-known free flight modeler Bill Hannan and hobby shop owner Russ Barrera. The pair converted an unused transmitter case into a handy field box for use with free flight models. In addition to adding a hinge and latch to the cover, the retractable antenna sports a small wind sock for judging launch times and even a compass in place of the RF power meter to note the direction of your model as it drifts off into the wild blue yonder when the dethermalizer fails to trigger.

Testors Advertisement circa 1954

Testors Advertisement, May 1954 Model Airplane News - Airplanes and Rockets"The Testor Corporation has been manufacturing products for hobby, craft, and home decorating for more than eight decades. Since 1929, the oval Testor logo has been associated with quality and integrity. Testor hobby finishing materials and accessories, plastic model kits, craft paints and supplies, and airbrushes are sold world-wide, satisfying the demand for these fine products. Testor currently staffs a manufacturing facility in Rockford." - from the Testors "About Us" page. This advertisement appeared in a 1954 edition of Model Airplane News.

Amazing Airplanes Photos from Post WWI - Pre WWII

Amazing Collection of Post World War I - Pre World War II Airplane Photographs - Airplanes and RocketsA couple weeks ago I published an article on my RFCafe.com engineering website titled, "Amazing Collection of QSL Cards and Photographs from 1924-1978." If you are an amateur radio operator, you will probably want to take a look at the absolutely huge collection of QSL cards collected over many decades by Mr. Thomas "Tom" Russell Gentry (W5RG). I mention the website here as well because there is an equally amazing collection of post World War I through pre World War II airplane photographs that have most likely never been seen anywhere else. There are hundreds of biplanes and pilots and hangars and engines and officers and aerial reconnaissance views, and a whole lot more. Many show the result of...

Sketchbook Model Building Tips

Sketchbook - Model Building Tips, August 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsThis is the earliest edition I have of Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men, so this is also the first edition of Sketchbook I have. Sketchbook continued for many years as a monthly feature where modelers wrote to the magazine with handy ideas for saving time and/or money, and just for offering tips and suggestions on a different way of doing something. In those days there was not the plethora of accessories available for building models, so a lot of creativity was involved. Even items as commonplace as bellcranks for control line models and dethermalizers for free flight were fabricated from salvaged parts like metal soup cans and hairpins. I'm guessing no magazine today would publish a scheme to attach bottle rockets...

"ATH" Airmen of Vision
Aircraft Design Competition

"ATH" Airmen of Vision Aircraft Design Competition, from August 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsTake a look at the jet fighter design submitted by  Lorry Burchett of Detroit, Michigan, and see if it looks somewhat familiar to you. Except for the horizontal stabilizer spanning between the twin tail booms, it reminds me a lot of Scaled Composite's ("Scaled") X-Prize-winning SpaceShipOne. This and two other 'futuristic' aircraft designs were part of a run by Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men in 1954. The chosen three are nothing like each other. First prize was awarded $50, which in 2014 is the equivalent of $434.79. Scaled founder Burt Rutan, the man who single-handedly popularized canard configurations...

Radio Control News Printed Circuits & Capacitors

Radio Control News (Printed Circuit Boards), May 1954 Model Airplane News - Airplanes and Rockets1954 was just a decade after World War II, during which time the Army Signal Corps introduced a method of printing - or etching - metallic circuit conductors on an insulator substrate, and thus was born the printed circuit board (PCB). The first boards used a phenolic-paper laminate, which is the shiny brown substrate material that is still found in some industrial applications like motors and control panels. Ferric chloride was used to etch away the copper foil not masked off with photoresist chemicals. I made many crude PCBs using a resist ink pen to draw circuit traces and component mounting pads, then etched away the exposed copper with ferric chloride...

Shoehorn Amphibious Model Airplane

Shoehorn Amphibious Model, May 1954 Model Airplane News - Airplanes and RocketsHere is a nice, quick project if you have ever wanted to try your hand at an amphibious model airplane. The Shoehorn was originally designed and built as an .049-powered free flight job with a 32" wingspan, but with today's miniature radio systems it could easily be converted to 3-channel operation. For that matter, you can substitute a brushless electric motor for the glow fuel engine that, along with today's high density, low weight Li-Po batteries, would easily provide as much power as the .049. The Shoehorn is of built-up balsa construction with Silkspan and dope covering, but of course there you could substitute iron-on plastic covering available for park flyers (which this would have been considered if park flyers had a name back then).

The 160.5 mph "Monitor" National Record Holder

Two-Line Speed Plane: the 160.5 mph "Monitor" National Record Holder from 1955 Annual Edition of Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsControl Line Speed always seemed like a great aspect of competition to get involved in, but like so many others, I just never made time for it. There are some really cool videos on YouTube of C/L Speed models being flown. On a properly adjusted engine, you can hear the engine break into a screaming 2-cycle mode after the airplane picks up some speed and the propeller unloads a bit from the pilot whipping it. It is like seeing / watching the afterburner kick in on a jet engine! A major change in the design of Speed models from the 1955 vintage of this "Monitor" is the use of a wing only on the inside...

Sensitive Field Strength Meter

Sensitive Field Strength Meter, May 1954 Model airplane News - Airplanes and RocketsIt was six years prior to this field strength meter construction article being published that Mssrs. Brattain, Shockley, and Bardeen invented the transistor using the element germanium and a point contact "cat's whisker." In 1954, the date of this article,  Texas Instruments introduced the first commercially available silicon device - the TI 900 silicon transistor. However, operational frequencies of semiconductors were only in the hundreds of kilohertz, so vacuum tubes were still necessary in higher frequency radio circuits like the field strength meter, which operates in the 30 MHz band...

Allyn .049 Sky Fury Engine Review

Allyn .049 Sky Fury Engine Review, May 1954 Model Airplane News - Airplanes and RocketsDuring World War II, a lot of leisure activities were sacrificed due to unavailability of raw materials for manufacturing products needed to pursue them. We have all see photos of kids collecting scraps of metal, rubber, and other materials for recycling as components of airplanes, guns, canteens, ships, etc. Aircraft modeling took a hit along with most other hobbies since metal for engines and wood for airplane kits (balsa was popular for shipping contain packing) were scarce. It wasn't until the late 1940s that Leroy Cox was able to begin mass producing his famous line of miniature engines, most notably the .049 family. Other manufacturers - like Allyn - were following suit...

Facts About Microfilm Covering

Facts About Microfilm, May 1954 Model airplane News - Airplanes and RocketsMicrofilm-covered indoor models is one (of many) aspects of model airplane building and flying that I've always wanted to try, but never found the opportunity. You might be tempted to think this is the exclusive realm of white-haired old men, and admittedly it nearly is, but when you look at contest coverage in the modeling magazines, it is heartening to see a good showing of youngsters. For that matter, the same holds true for just about all forms of model aircraft these days except for radio controlled airplanes and helicopters. As recently as a couple decades ago, radio equipment was too expensive for many younger modelers to buy, so those who aspired to hobbies involving airborne craft had...

Radio Control Equipment A 1955 Survey

Radio Control Equipment from 1955 Annual Edition of Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsIf you believe that servos with metal gears signify the latest and greatest in reliable, robust, modern radio control actuation, you are probably right... unless of course those actuators happen to be these metal-geared servos from the 1950s. In that case, you might look at them and wonder how anyone ever managed to get model airplanes into the air and back safely on the ground when using them. Guys spent a lot of time and money building large, heavy airframes and used low power-to-weight ratio engines for lofting vacuum tube receivers, bulky actuators, and wet-cell batteries into the air. Rubber-band-driven escapement mechanisms were probably more advanced in design and implementation than...

For the Tenderfoot: Yako Article & Plans

For the Tenderfoot: Yako Article & Plans (December 1971 American Aircraft Modeler) - Airplanes and RocketsWebsite visitor Pat M. wrote to ask that I scan and post this article for the Yako free flight rubber model. The unique feature of the Yako is that it is a canard - wing in the back and horizontal stabilizer up front. It appeared in the December 1971 edition of American Aircraft Modeler magazine. "For the Tenderfoot" catered to beginner model builders - mostly kids. They were typically small free flight or control line jobs that could easily be built without help from an experienced modeler, although of course seeking assistance was encouraged. I have been surprised at the number of requests I have received for models from the "For the Tenderfoot" series that ran for many years. Could it indicate...

Pan American World Airways (PAA-Load) Ad

Pan American World Airways Ad (PAA-Load) from 1955 Annual Edition of Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsAt some point you have probably read about an old model aircraft contest event called 'PAA-Load.' As its name implies, the challenge involved hauling specific weights of 'payload' aloft and vying for the longest flight. What you might find surprising is that the 'PAA' part of the event title comes from Pan American Airlines (PAA, aka PanAm), who created and sponsored the activity as an educational effort to encourage youngsters to consider the necessary accommodations to efficiently and profitably transport people and cargo from point A to point B. Careful attention to airframe configuration and weight, powerplant size, propeller, wheel size and weight, covering material and finish, etc., was required to...

Hints 'n Kinks

Hints 'n Kinks from 1955 Annual Edition of Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsYou might not need to wire up a battery and light bulb to do a range check on your radio system anymore, but there are a few other good ideas in the 1955 installment of "Hints 'n' Kinks" that you might find useful in your model endeavors. The relative few who still build, fly, and repair model airplanes will appreciate the resourcefulness of such methods.

U.S. Rubber Company Ad

United States Rubber Company Ad from 1955 Annual Edition of Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsThis advertisement for the United States Rubber Company's T-56 rubber appeared in the Annual Edition of Air Trails. T-56 was a very popular choice for free flight modelers back in the day. I posted another ad for them from an April 1957 American Modeler. United States Rubber Company was one of the original 12 companies used to calculate the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) for the stock market on Wall Street. In addition to manufacturing automobile and airplane tires, it also supplied the free flight model world with T-56 rubber for powering.

Celestron CPC Deluxe 800 CD
Telescope Setup for Sale

Supermodel Melanie with Celestron CPC Deluxe 800 HD Telescope and accessories - Airplanes and RocketsThis Celestron CPC Deluxe 800 HD telescope is for sale (bought in September of 2012). Unfortunately for me, a combination of lack of time and lack of opportunity has caused me to decide to sell my telescope setup and just make do for now with my Celestron 15x70 SkyMaster binoculars. Since everything was bought to work together as a complete setup, I would like to sell everything together. Doing so will make my life easier and it will result in you paying less overall for all the great equipment. Everything is in like-new condition and has received very little use. The main feature is the incredibly robust and high quality CPC 800 Deluxe HD telescope. I had an 8SE before this, and the comparison is like night and day. Whereas the 8SE was very shaky because of its single support arm and getting a good alignment was sometimes tricky, the CPC 800 Deluxe HD is solid as a rock and achieves an excellent alignment every time with very little effort...

Snoopy Telephone Repair Project

Snoopy Phone Repair - Airplanes and RocketsWhen I bought this 1976 vintage Snoopy telephone on eBay, the seller didn't disclose that the Volume level in the earpiece was very low, including the ringtone. Technically it worked so I couldn't claim fraud, but it worked poorly. So, I began doing a bit of research on the Internet and found that a lot of people were having similar problems with the Snoopy phone and a couple other novelty models (Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, M&Ms dude, et al) that were based off the same Western Electric design. I planned to clean up the phone and put it into service, but wanted to make sure it was functioning properly before going to the trouble. The first thing I did was some standard continuity tests to make sure signals could flow from point to point. I discovered...

Propeller Layouts Are Simplified with the "Pi-Bar"

Propeller Layouts Are Simplified with the "Pi-Bar" from 1955 Annual Edition of Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsReading through this article reminded me of how dedicated some modelers are today and have been in the past in their efforts to advance the state of the art. The ingenuity of people often makes me feel like a real dope by comparison. Mechanical and electronic devices conceived of, built, tested, improved, and perfected by our aircraft flying brethren are truly astounding. This "Pi-Bar" invented by Gerald Ritz is a simple tool to "make it easy to lay out a propeller of any blade shape, area, or pitch, with absolute accuracy and without computations or the use of formulae." I wonder how long it will be before we witness the first 3-D printed propeller for free flight?

Southern Senior High School
Class of 1976 Yearbook Photos

Southern Senior High School Class of 1976 Yearbook Photos - Airplanes and RocketsThese images were scanned from my 1976 yearbook for Southern Senior High School in Harwood, Maryland. It was my senior year, my year of liberation. Only the photos of seniors from when they little kiddos were scanned. The picture were submitted by their parents, in some cases without the knowledge of (and probably much to the dismay of) the subjects. I did a fairly extensive Internet search looking for where someone else had already done it, but to no avail, so, here they are. If you recognize yourself or someone else and send me an e-mail, I will be glad to add the info with the page scan. No, I'm not included anywhere; I don't think my parents even owned a camera...

Jetex Jet Engine Ad

Jetex Jet Engine Ad, May 1954 Model Airplane News - Airplanes and RocketsMy only experience with Jetex engines with a No. 50B, and that was back in the early 1970s. It was attached to a dime store type Guillows glider - the king where the wing, stab, and fin slid into slits in the fuselage. Once the engine finally ignited, the glider took off with a cool hissing sound and headed skyward. The glider had been trimmed to fly smoothly with power off. I can remember having a heck of a time getting the crappy little piece of chemical-coated wire wick to stay lit as it passed through the Jetex's nozzle. Looking back from this perspective, I do believe I was fairly inept at a lot of things at the time, so maybe that was the entire problem. Maybe someday I'll pull my Jetex No. 50 from...

Charlie's Amazing Cox Model Airplane Collection

Charlie's Amazing Cox Model Airplane Collection - Airplanes and RocketsAs the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. That being the case, here are 8,000 of some of the most amazing words that I've ever seen regarding Cox control line airplanes. These photos were sent to me by Airplanes and Rockets website visitor Charlie H. According to his e-mail, there are around 300 models in all, many of which are still in their original boxes. I see some pretty unique examples in the photos. If my understanding is correct, he is interested in selling his collection. It must be worth a small fortune. I will let you know how to contact him if he does want to sell part or all of the models. Many of these models sell for hundreds of dollars each on eBay.

Hungerford Sally Brown Peanuts Doll Added

Hungerford Sally Brown Peanuts Doll - Airplanes and RocketsOur daughter, Sally, was named after the Peanuts character that was Charlie Brown's baby sister. I have been wanting to get the 1958 Hungerford Sally doll of her, but the price was always higher than I wanted to pay. Finally, this Sally was available on eBay for well under $100, so I bought it - marks and all. It doesn't really mater to me if it is not is like-new condition as long as it is in good shape and clean(able).

Snoopy Wind-Up Alarm Clock Restoration

Snoopy Wind-Up Alarm Clock Restoration - Airplanes and RocketsBeing very far-sighted, having a modern alarm clock next to the bed with large LED numbers is a great convenience for seeing the time at night. However, I have always hated the electronic alarm sound and neither do I want music since it tends to put me back to sleep. The old fashioned wind-up mechanical alarm clocks did the job quite handily, and I missed having such a clock after many decades of doing without. So, I decided to look for a Peanuts-themed clock from the 1960s or 70s. This Snoop alarm clock came up for bid on eBay, and I picked it up for under $10, probably because the seller said it did not work. He was correct that it didn't work in its selling condition. However, I disassembled the entire clock and soaked it...

Peanuts Commercials for the Ford Falcon

Peanuts Characters Star in Ford Falcon TV Commercials - Airplanes and RocketsThe first-ever appearance of animated Peanuts characters came in the form of television commercials for the 1960 Ford Falcon. I learned about them in a book titled Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz. To me, Peanuts represents a more innocent time in America, where neighborhood kids played together, were moral in their actions, and even "crabby" kids like Lucy were not evil. Cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, pirates and naval mariners did battle with makeshift weapons and only one ball team at a time won a trophy. My sisters and I rode in basic cars like the Ford Falcon, without the benefit of seat belts, crawling up onto the package shelf in the back to watch the world pass by, standing on our heads in the back seat, and thinking it a privilege to get to ride up front on the rare...

First Live Musical Performance from Space

First Music Live from Space by Wally Schirra & Thomas Stafford (Wikipedia image) - Airplanes and RocketsOn December 16, 1965, NASA astronauts Walter M. "Wally" Schirra Jr. and Thomas P. Stafford conducted the first live musical performance from space. Using a smuggled mini harmonica (Hohner #39 Little Lady) and some reindeer bells, Schirra and Stafford, respectively, radioed a 'UFO' report saying "Gemini VII, this is Gemini VI. We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, up in a polar orbit. He's in a very low trajectory traveling from north to south and has a very high climbing ratio. It looks like it might even be a ... Very low. Looks like he might be going to reenter soon. Stand by one ... You might just let me try to pick up that thing." Just before reentry into the Earth's atmosphere for a splashdown, the two pranksters then broke out in a round of "Jingle Bells."

Rocket Boost Gliders by David Wagner

Estes Falcon Rocket Boost Glider by David Wagner - Airplanes and RocketsÜber rocket boost glider builder David Wagner sent me this note and photos of his excellent Estes Falcon and his Cheechako rocket boost gliders. David Cheechako Rocket-Powered Glider by David Wagner - Airplanes and Rocketshas established a unique "signature" finishing scheme on his models that consists of a solid red and/or sometimes white base with aluminum foil in a decorative pater in the rocket motor exhaust area.

The British SE-5 WW I Biplane

The SE-5 from January 1955 Model Airplane News - Airplanes and RocketsHere is a nice, lightweight WWI British SE-5 biplane for radio control. The original was rudder-only (RO) with a .15 size diesel engine for power. Designed by well-known (at the time) scale modeler Chet Lanzo, this model features break-away top and bottom wings and oversize air-filled wheels to help make hard than normal landings more survivable. A modern 3-channel setup with an electric motor should serve the SE-5 well, and would most likely yield an even lighter ready to fly weight than the original configuration.

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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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