"Acres of blueberry,
hazelnut, and hop farmland 60 miles from the Pacific Ocean in northwest Oregon seem an unlikely home
for one of aviation's giants. The Howard Hughes-designed H-4 Hercules dubbed the
Spruce Goose, a mammoth eight-engine flying boat that flew only once nearly 70 years
ago, sits land locked in McMinnville, about 1,000 miles north of its birthplace in Southern California.
The aircraft attracts a steady stream of visitors to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, a sleek
Long before rechargeable NiCad and nickel-NiMH batteries were
used for starting model airplane engines, we used standard primary type (non-rechargeable) 1.5-volt
dry cells. In fact, the nominal 1.2-volt-per-cell potential of NiCad and NiMH batteries were barely
high enough to sufficiently light the ignition coils in the glow heads and/or glow plugs, which were
designed for 1.5 volts. Today's glow plugs work just fine on 1.2 V or 1.5 V. I have written
before about how as a kid on a very small modeling budget, I would often spend a long time flipping
the propeller of my Cox .049 engines ...
"One of the oddest military drones aborning reinvents a stillborn
technology from 1951. That's because the unmanned aircraft revolution is resurrecting configurations
that were tried more than a half century ago but proved impractical with a human pilot inside. The case
in point: Northrop Grumman's new Tern, a drone designed to do everything armed MQ-1 Predators or MQ-9
Reapers can, but to do it flying from small ships or rugged scraps of land – i.e., no runway needed.
'No one has flown a large, unmanned
lightweight is the creation of Airstage craftsman. CEO Rainer Mugrauer is himself an active R/C modeler.
Airstage says, "Our expertise lies in the design of remote-controlled flying objects and their eye-catching
presentation for events and show productions." It has a 189" wingspan and weighs only 13 oz (filling
the model with helium helps reduce the flying
"A new type of composite wing that can change its shape according
to flight conditions has been made from a lattice of small, lightweight components. This morphing ability
could allow for more aerodynamic, maneuverable and fuel-efficient aircraft that are also simple to construct.
Described as a 'digital-material' approach to aeronautical design, the technology was developed
by a collaboration involving NASA and several U.S.
Demonstrator has been designed to cruise at Mach 2.2 and is a one third subscale prototype of a
supersonic passenger airliner proposed by the Denver-based company. '60 years after the dawn of the
jet age, we're still flying at 1960s speeds,' said Blake Scholl, chief executive officer and founder
of Boom. 'Concorde's designers didn't have the technology for affordable supersonic travel, but now
we do. Today, we're proud to unveil
Airplanes and Rockets website visitor wrote to ask that I scan
and post this article from a 1971 edition of the Estes Model Rocket News publication. "Hey,
this is GREAT!" Can't you just hear your friends when you fly your model rocket with the Estes
TRANSROC -- the latest in miniature
Space Age electronics? You'll have lots of fun, too, becoming an expert with this multi-purpose transmitter
that will literally transform your model into a "talking bird"
"Lithium ion batteries are the go to energy source for gadgets, powering everything
from our smartphones to our laptops. But too much use can cause them to run down, overheat, and in the
case of some faulty phones, explode. Now scientists have used X-rays to peer inside lithium batteries
to find out why some of them swell like a pillow. They revealed that when the batteries are overheated
or overcharged, chemical reactions produce gas inside the cells causing the pillowing effect. A team
"Be careful or you'll shoot your eye out." That is the famous
line from A Christmas Story, where the plot centers around Ralphie Parker scheming to get a
Daisy Red Ryder BB gun, aka the "official Red Ryder carbon action 200-shot Range model air rifle with
a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time." This Daisy BB gun advertisement appeared in the December 1935 issue of Boys' Life
"News of the death
of legendary test pilot and aerobatics pioneer
this morning has brought grief to the aviation community. Hoover, known among his many fans as the 'pilot's
pilot,' died at about 2 a.m. PT, according to reports. He was 94 years old. Hoover's flying career began
when he was a teenager. He soon enlisted and flew in World War II as a fighter pilot. After being shot
down off the coast of southern France and spending 16 months in a German POW camp, he famously
Airplanes and Rockets website visitor Barry D. from Belgium, wrote
to ask whether I had a copy of an advertisement run by World Engines that featured the
rotary engine. I remember seeing those ads way back in the 1970s, so I began looking at the World Engines
ads in the January 1970 issue. Finally, in the March 1972 edition, there it was. The entire ad and a
full-size scan of just the Wankel engine are shown below.
Maxwell's Hobby Shop is owned and run by Joe Maxwell and wife,
Mary. Joe (a very nice guy) has been operating his eponymously named hobby
shop in Erie, Pennsylvania, for many decades. The 600 sq. ft. shop is stuffed to the gills with kits
and equipment for all types of aeromodeling, including free flight, control line, and radio control.
There are many supplies for boats, helicopters, multirotor drones, and cars as well. Joe is an avid
control line flyer and a member of the Bean Hill Flyers control line club, so there is a very nice stock
of control line ...
"Orville and Wilbur Wright were secretive and extremely protective
of the designs for their new flying machines, said The Wright Experience's Ken Hyde, an aircraft restorer
who unlocked their mysteries. 'If they hadn’t been so secretive there would be nothing for us to discover,'
Hyde said from his working museum in Warrenton, Virginia. His sleuthing led to the modern-day Wright
Flyer and Wright Glider re-creations that are now hanging in several well-known aircraft museums. Hyde
The Carousel is one of those
C/L model airplane designs that, after
reading the description, you wonder how it was able to flown to a first place finish at the Nats. It
is full of oddball gadgetry and implementation techniques, beginning with the twin boom configuration
and a long nose moment arm. The flaps are a 3-piece deal with the center section coupled directly to
the elevator bellcrank as is normal, but the outboard flap sections were controlled independently by
a weighted pendulum arrangement that is intended to adjust automatically based on the direction the
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Website visitor Doug H. wrote to ask that I post this article
on the AMA's 1970 Radio
Control Nationals. He is collecting information on Don Coleman's accomplishments in the modeling
world. If you have any information to that extent, please send it to me and I will see that Doug gets
it. Don Coleman designed the Cutlass and Sweettater RC pattern aircraft. Lots of familiar names appear
in the winners list ...
Mr. Richard Von Berg wrote this great introduction to the
basics of shear
forces within an airplane wing. It appeared in a 1957 issue of American Modeler, but the principles
have not changed since then. If you are familiar with the terms wing loading, shear, compression, tension,
and bending moment but are not quite sure exactly what they mean, this short piece is exactly what you
This is a really
cool video, but my first thought when seeing it was how now we have a new method of explosives delivery
by dedicated suicide bombers. The turbine jet engines used by the
jetpack guys are from the model airplane industry. If you haven't seen the radio
controlled (R/C) jets in action, do a
and be amazed at the talent of what is out there. Anyway, the next time you're on a flight and have
a window seat, you have a responsibility to keep a watch for a jetpack guy or gal on your wingtip
Who among us that is older than 45 or 50 did not have an HO-gauge
Lionel model train set as a kid? I know I did... well, at least I think it was Lionel,
but given our family's low financial status, it was probably a knock-off brand of some sort. Still,
we've all had a mode train set at some point.
Lionel Corporation started
in business in 1900 and stopped production of its original line of model trains in 1969. When my kids
were about 12 years old, we made an N-gauge model train layout on a 4'x4' hunk of 3/4" plywood
"The U.S. Navy needs to get better at hunting sea mines. The Royal
Navy needs to get better at robots. So the two fleets are joining forces off Scotland in what the Brits
are calling 'the largest demonstration of its type, ever,'
Unmanned Warrior 2016, with 'more than 50 unmanned vehicles from
over 40 organizations.' The US Office of Naval Research is a major partner in Unmanned Warrior, contributing
ten different technologies for testing, from mini
Wright brothers accomplished their first powered flight more than
a century ago, they controlled the motion of their Flyer 1 aircraft using wires and pulleys that bent
and twisted the wood-and-canvas wings. This system was quite different than the separate, hinged flaps
and ailerons that have performed those functions on most aircraft ever since. But now, thanks to some
high-tech wizardry developed by engineers at MIT and NASA, some aircraft may