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

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The Great North American Solar Eclipse of 2017 - It's Here!

the Great North American Solar Eclipse of 2017, Kirt's Cogitation #291 - RF CafeIt's finally here - the Great North American Solar Eclipse of 2017! The amateur astronomy community has been anticipating and preparing for the event for a couple years. Astronomy magazine dedicated the entire August issue to providing detailed information on viewing suggestions along the entire path. Traffic from the Pacific Coast of Oregon to the Atlantic Coast of South Carolina will probably be a challenge as people vie for positions as close to the centerline as possible. Those who manage optimal locations will see about 2 minutes and 40 seconds of total darkness. Others within the 68-mile-wide path of totality will see from a fraction of a second up to the full extent. According to a calculator on the Vox website, we will only see a 76.2% eclipse, which will barely darken our skies ...

World's Smallest Mass-Produced Glow Plug Engine Unveiled by Cox

World's Smallest Mass-Produced Glow Plug Engine Unveiled by Cox, May 1961 American Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsMy Cox Pee Wee .010 engine sits on a shelf above my computer monitor, along with a small collection of other vintage aeromodelling paraphernalia. They serve as a reminder of the good times as a kid building and flying (and crashing and rebuilding) back in the 1960s and 1970s. I don't recall what airplane I had it on - maybe a homebrew free flight job. Unlike .049 Babe Bees and Golden Bees which I had a few of, I only ever had one of the .010s. They were more of a curiosity than a 'thing.' In this article, the author's suggestion that indoor control line might be a possibility was wishful thinking since even if the building proprietors were willing to suffer the ear-splitting noise, they would ...

DARPA Drones Fly w/o Human or GPS Help

DARPA Drones Fly w/o Human or GPS Help - Airplanes and Rockets"Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will soon navigate without using GPS or human assistance as demonstrated by several successful test runs last month as part of the Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program. DARPA recently announced the breakthrough, after four days of testing in central Florida. The test runs marked progress toward development of small, quadcopter drones that are able to fly through obstacle-ridden environments ..."

Model Rocketry's New Look

Model Rocketry's New Look, May 1961 American Modeler - Airplanes and Rockets1961 was really only in the dawn of the Space Age, with the first successful communications satellites having been launched just a few years earlier in 1957. The first suborbital rocket launch occurred in 1944 when the Germans sent a V-2 rocket above the Kármán line (100 km, 62 mi) which separates Earth's atmosphere from outer space. Technology was moving pretty quickly in the aerospace realm, both with airplanes and with rockets. Model rockets were a big thing for boys (and a few girls) of the era, and similar advances in materials and methods were being reported in the pages of American Modeler and other magazines ...

National Model Aviation Day - August 12, 2017

National Model Aviation Day 2017 - RF Cafe"Join the Academy of Model Aeronautics Foundation in celebrating model aviation for the fifth annual National Model Aviation Day, August 12, 2017. National Model Aviation Day was created to encourage clubs to celebrate the hobby and share it with the public. Our chartered clubs have also been asked to conduct a fundraiser to provide assistance to a worthy cause. For this year all clubs have been asked to support the AMA Foundation. The AMA is devoted to inspiring the young and young-at-heart to pursue a hobby that will inspire creativity and advanced learning through the use of hands-on applications. The purposes ..."

Couple Build World War I Fighter

Couple Build World War I Fighter - Airplanes and Rockets"Retired USAF Colonels Blake and Sandy Thomas met at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. On their first date Blake took Sandy on a ride in a 1944 BT-13, a two-seat military trainer with a radial engine. 'It was love at first flight,' Sandy said. In December 2017, they will celebrate their 23rd anniversary. Their shared love of aviation led to flying offspring. Their first-born homebuilt was an RV-7, their third, a Sopwith Schneider. This is the story of their middle offspring, a replica World War I fighter, the 1917 Nieuport-28. The Plane Named 'Sandy,' the the Nieuport-28 ..."

Maximus Free Flight - 1/2A, A, B, FAI

Maximus Free Flight - 1/2A, A, B, FAI, June 1961 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsHere are three models in one with separate plans provided for each of ½A, FAI (Class A), and Class B versions of Robert Sifleet's contest winning Maximus free flight bird. This piece from the June 1961 issue of American Modeler is half of a pair of articles, one of which covers the model build and flight details, and the other that provides a brief autobiography on Maximus designer Robert Sifleet

Is a Winged Volvo in Our Future?

Is a Winged Volvo in Our Future? - Airplanes and Rockets"Geely, the parent company of Volvo, announced that it has acquired the flying car company Terrafugia. The Terrafugia flying car, created a decade ago by a handful of MIT grads, just made another huge leap toward becoming an actual product thanks to its new owner. The South China News reported that Geely, the company that also owns Volvo, agreed to acquire Terrafugia. Reports indicate Geely was particularly interested in the Terrafugia’s FAA approval last year allowing the transforming car to be certified as a light sport aircraft. The exemption means Terrafugia ..."

MIT Develops Gas-Powered UAV That Can Stay Aloft for 5 Days

MIT Develops Gas-Powered UAV That Can Stay Aloft for 5 Days - Airplanes and Rockets"MIT engineers have developed and built an unpiloted aerial vehicle, or UAV, that is expected to provide temporary telecomms service to areas affected by disasters and calamities. The UAV technology is considered inexpensive and is capable of flying and providing service for several days. This is not the first time UAV technology has been exploited for this purpose. Google has also developed and tested a system that provides temporary telecomms coverage in remote and calamity-stricken areas. The MIT-developed drone is considerably inexpensive ..."

Ryan Seaplane Solid Scale, February 1942 Flying Aces

Ryan Seaplane Solid Scale, February 1942 Flying Aces - Airplanes and RocketsCarving a solid scale model airplane, ship, train, or automobile from a block of balsa or pine was a favorite pastime of many people up until maybe the latter part of the last century. For some it was the preferred means of crafting a replica of their favorite subject, and for others it a second-best option if building and flying, sailing, etc., a working model was not possible. Lack of funds, time, skill, or any combination thereof could have been the cause. Little known to the solid scale modelers just prior to the publication date of this issue of Flying Aces was that their collective skills would be ...
























Robert Sifleet, My Life as a Championship Modeler, June 1961 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and Rockets



Ceramic Coating Could Have Hypersonic Applications

Ceramic Coating Could Have Hypersonic Applications - Airplanes and Rockets"Hypersonic flight - defined as Mach five or above - would see aircraft subjected to external temperatures between 2,000 and 3,000°C, leading to structural challenges caused by oxidation and ablation. Amongst other materials, current spacecraft and missiles rely on ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTCs) to combat high temperatures. However, according to Manchester University, conventional UHTCs can't currently satisfy the associated ablation requirements of hypersonic flight. 'At present one of the biggest challenges is how to protect critical components such ..."

Stop-Rotor Rotary Wing Aircraft

Stop-Rotor Rotary Wing Aircraft - Airplanes and Rockets"The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed a patented system and method of transitioning an aircraft between helicopter and fixed wing flight modes. The stop rotor aircraft is capable of both a helicopter mode vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and efficient high speed fixed wing flight by flipping the left wing/rotor blade 180 degrees between flight modes. Conversion between flight modes will take about 1-2 seconds and simulations indicate altitude deviations of less than 50 feet. Under sponsorship of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), a prototype battery electric aircraft is being developed that is capable ..."

Drone Operator Safety Act Introduced in U.S. House

Drone Operator Safety Act Introduced in U.S. House - RF Cafe"Bill's Authors Say Goal is to Protect Air Traffic from Collisions with Unmanned Aircraft. U.S. Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have introduced the Drone Operator Safety Act in the U.S. House of representatives, a bill to they say is intended to help protect American air traffic from the 'misuse' of drones. According to a news release on Congressman Langevin's website, the bill would make it a criminal offense to fly a drone in a way that poses a safety risk to the operation of a manned aircraft. It would also prohibit operators ..."

WWII, As It Really Looked

WWII, As It Really Looked - Airplanes and Rockets"There are many iconic photographs from World War II: An aircraft spotter standing atop a London building with St. Paul's Cathedral rising in the background, taken by LIFE photographer George Strock; Alfred Eisenstaedt's photo 'The Kiss,' shot in Times Square the day Japan surrendered. They're all powerful - and they're all in black and white. While color images of the war exist, they aren't extremely common. Yet official photographers serving with the British armed forces shot nearly 3,000 color photographs, using Kodachrome film obtained from the United States ..."

Funds Sought to Build Hangar for 'Doc' B-29 Superfortress

Funds Sought to Build Hangar for 'Doc' B-29 Superfortress - Airplanes and Rockets"Rescued from a desert bombing range then painstakingly restored over many years, the B-29 Superfortress Doc brought vintage strategic air power to EAA AirVenture in July. Doc and crew flew away from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with the 'Best Bomber Award,' among others, returning home to temporary quarters as Doc’s Friends Inc., pass the hat to build a permanent home for the beloved bomber in Wichita, Kansas ..."





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