Airplanes and Rockets' history & copyright Google search American Modeler Air Trails American Aircraft Modeler Young Men Hobbies Aviation Flying Aces Saturday Evening Post Boys' Life Hobby Distributors Amateur Astronomy Celestron CPC 800 Deluxe Engines & Motors Balsa Densities Silkspan Covering Comics Hints & kinks Snoopy Telephone Peanuts Collection Charles Schulz Saturday Evening Post Electronics My Models Model Aircraft Articles Plans Model Boat Articles Plans Model Car Articles Plans Model Train Articles Plans Grandmother Clock 1941 Crosley 03CB Radio Model helicopter articles & plans Crosswords Model Rocket Articles Plans Restoration Projects Photos Peanuts Collection Model Aircraft Articles Plans Sitemap Homepage Hints Amateur Radio Personal Everything from the homepage Miscellaneous Activities Airplanes and Rockets Hero Graphic

Home Page Archive (page 4)

These archive pages are provided in order to make it easier for you to find items that you remember seeing on the RF Cafe homepage. Of course probably the easiest way to find anything on the website is to use the "Search AAR" box at the top of every page.

See Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 of the homepage archives.


Steve Swinamer's Ace Simple Citabria & Whizard

Steve Swinamer's Ace Simple Citabria & Whizard - Airplanes and RocketsSteve Swinamer, a dweller of the northern climes of Canada, has a lot of days suited for building model airplanes. He uses the wintertime indoors days to create magnificent reproductions of vintage .020- and .049-powered designs. His latest creation is a ½A Ace Simple Citabria, which compliments other planes in his squadron like the Quarter Pint, the Ace Whizard, and the Ace Pacer. Thanks again to Steve for making his work available for inspection ...

Alain Pons' Giant Size "Duck"

Alain Pons' Giant Size "Duck" - RF CafeAs was probably inevitable, Alain has built and flown a giant version of his "Alain's Duck" canard. He did provide the specifics on wingspan of powerplant, but did send this photo. It doesn't stop there, though. An R/C turbine version is nearly ready for flight. A video will be posted soon, hopefully ...

Optimizing Winglets for Minimum Drag, Efficient Flight

Optimizing Winglets for Minimum Drag, Efficient Flight - Airplanes and Rockets"Although, winglets have been around since the mid-1970s, there is still a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and angles. If you've ever taken a photo out the window of a commercial airplane, you most likely have a great shot of a winglet - that part of the wing at the tip that angles upward. That little change in the wingtip's shape does a lot. It reduces drag, which can translate to higher speed or to allow a pilot to throttle back and save fuel. It also helps to reduce wingtip vortices that can be problematic for airplanes flying in their wake. Although, winglets have been around since the mid-1970s, there is still a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and angles. Analyzing winglets to find the optimal characteristics ..."

Competition Daze

Competition Daze, November 1950 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsBill Hutchinson drew many, many comics for model aircraft magazines in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s (and maybe the 1940s, but I don't have any that old). A lot of them have been - and are yet to be - posted her on the Airplanes And Rockets website. "Competition Daze" comics appeared in the November 1950 issue of Air Trails magazine, and has a control line theme. Also being about competition, Mr. Hutchinson integrated a few sports-related ideas into the situation. Control line stunt, speed, and combat are amongst the subjects. I haven't figured out what the punch line is on comic #3. Anyone? My favorite is #9 ...

Terrafugia Transition Flying Car in 2019

Terrafugia Transition Flying Car in 2019 - RF Cafe"It might not the most elegant-looking thing on the road or in the sky, but an automobile-airplane hybrid that’s being called the world's first practical flying car is almost ready to spread its wings. The two-passenger Transition will go on sale in the U.S. next year at an estimated price of $400,000, according to Terrafugia, the Woburn, Massachusetts-based firm that makes it. The Transition has four wheels, folding wings and a rear-mounted pusher propeller. Powered by a four-cylinder hybrid-electric engine, it can fly 100 miles an hour at altitudes of up to 9,000 feet, with a flying range of 400 miles. There are controls for both flying and driving: for the roads, conventional brake and accelerator pedals and a steering wheel; for flying, the usual yoke and rudder pedals ..."

C-47 That Led Normandy Invasion Found & Restored

C-47 That Led Normandy Invasion Found & Restored - Airplanes and Rockets"The invasion of Normandy, also known as D-day, was one of the most horrific days in history, but it was also the beginning of the end of a horrific war - World War II. Most of the hundreds of thousands of men, women and children who died on that day remain nameless in the history books. The same is true for the airplanes that led the heroic efforts. The attacks came from several fronts on that fateful day, with ships dropping troops on the beaches of Normandy and airplanes deploying droves of people and ammunition from the skies. Once the war was over, most of those aircraft were destroyed or recommissioned, and their historic significance evaporated like the fuel that burned in their engines. Even some of the most notable airplanes fell into the shadows of the past ..."

Post-Flight Debrief with CloudAhoy

Post-Flight Debrief with CloudAhoy - Airplanes and RocketsA lot of model aircraft pilots are also full-scale pilots, so some of the news items on Airplanes and Rockets are topics that are more directed to them. This story about a software package called CloudAhoy is an incredible combination of recorded real-time GPS data and sophisticated post-processing and display that gives pilots a 3D visual representation of their flight path superimposed of detailed terrain features. I have seen some post-processing software for R/C airborne telemetry data, but nothing as detailed as this. Model aircraft don't cover as much ground in a typical flight as a full-scale aircraft does, but having a detailed 3D representation of the flight path would be a great training aid to aerobatic pilots ...

Rathgeber's "Minimum" Article & Plans

Rathgeber's "Minimum" Article & Plans, March 1957 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsIf you have been looking for an unusual project that should build fairly quickly, cost very little, contain non-standard materials, and qualify for a vintage design contest, then Rathgeber's "Minimum" fits the bill. It is a 1/2A control line speed model with about an 8" wingspan that appeared in a 1957 issue of American Modeler magazine. It does not appear to have been intended for serious competition, but given the single-line control and extremely high thrust-to-weight ration and minimal drag design, it might have been a contender back in the day. Designer George Rathgeber does not give specifics on timed flights. My guess is that it was a handful to fly due to lack of tail feathers ...

Detecting Drones with Doppler-Based Radar

Detecting Drones with Doppler-Based Radar - Airplanes and Rockets"As drones become more commonplace, the need to secure facilities from the high-definition cameras and potential dangerous payloads has caused a rapid growth of counter-drone technologies. DMT, LLC started making radar systems in 2002, and rapidly grew to build and sell these systems across the globe. The commercial radars produced by DMT employ pulsed-Doppler technology. Pulsed-Doppler radar is perhaps the most versatile of radar technologies and is known for its ability to operate in a wide array of environments and applications. DMT uses Doppler radar to track objects on land, sea and in the air. In 2015 it began testing its pulsed-Doppler radars against commonly available drones. Today it produces the longest-range, drone-detection radar systems on the market ..."

My 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS

My 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS (Kirt Blattenberger) - Airplanes and RocketsThis 1969 Camaro SS was my pride and joy as a teenager. It was purchased in 1975 for $3,500 from a fellow named Mr. Cavey, in Bowie, Maryland (I lived in Mayo, MD). He had ordered it custom from the Chevrolet factory with nearly every option available in 1969. This was not a Z10 model, but did have most of the options. The 1969 Indy 500 pace car was a Camaro SS convertible with a 396 engine and a white and orange paint job. As you can see in the top photo, my 1969 Camaro SS came with a white vinyl top, the ducted hood, rally wheels, hounds tooth upholstery, foldaway headlamps, 3-speed automatic transmission, 350 cu.in. V8 engine, electric windows, air conditioning, folding rear seats, sport side view mirrors, and full instrument cluster ...

Northrop Gamma - The Plane That Had It All

Northrop Gamma - The Plane That Had It All, March 1971 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsThe Northrop Gamma was as close to a one-size-fits-all aircraft as you would come by in the mid 1930's. It is pretty incredible to ponder the rapid development in aircraft and engines in the short three decades since the Wright brothers made their world's first powered flight in 1903. Airspeeds went from 30 miles per hour to more than 200 miles per hour. Engines went from 12 horsepower to nearly 1,000 horsepower in that timespan. The Northrop Gamma appeared in more than a dozen different versions including an air racer, a military bomber, a trainer, a high altitude weather research platform, a military attack airplane, and a seaplane. It was one of the first production designs to incorporate a completely enclosed cockpit - a welcome feature to pilots in cold weather ...

USAF's X-37B Space Plane Marks 400 Days in Orbit

 USAF's X-37B Space Plane Marks 400 Days in Orbit - Airplanes and Rockets"The US Air Force's unmanned X-37B space plane has passed its 400-day mark, inching its way toward setting a new flight duration record for the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) mission. The spacecraft, the fifth of its kind, was initially rocketed into orbit on September 7, 2017, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, according to Space.com. All previous OTV missions established new flight records, with the fourth spacecraft spending 718 days in orbit. Though details of the space plane are kept on a need-to-know basis by officials, it has been reported that the craft is carrying in its payload an Advanced Structurally-Embedded Thermal Spreader. In August, the space plane was spotted by Marco Langbroek ..."

Detecting Drones with Doppler-Based Radar

Detecting Drones with Doppler-Based Radar - Airplanes and Rockets"As drones become more commonplace, the need to secure facilities from the high-definition cameras and potential dangerous payloads has caused a rapid growth of counter-drone technologies. DMT, LLC started making radar systems in 2002, and rapidly grew to build and sell these systems across the globe. The commercial radars produced by DMT employ pulsed-Doppler technology. Pulsed-Doppler radar is perhaps the most versatile of radar technologies and is known for its ability to operate in a wide array of environments and applications. DMT uses Doppler radar to track objects on land, sea and in the air. In 2015 it began testing its pulsed-Doppler radars against commonly available drones. Today it produces the longest-range, drone-detection radar systems on the market ..."

Novel Flying Robot Mimics Rapid Insect Flight

Novel Flying Robot Mimics Rapid Insect Flight - RF Cafe"A novel insect-inspired flying robot, developed by TU Delft researchers from the Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory (MAVLab), has been presented in Science. Experiments with this first autonomous, free-flying and agile flapping-wing robot - carried out in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research - improved our understanding of how fruit flies control aggressive escape maneuvers. Apart from its further potential in insect flight research, the robot's exceptional flight qualities open up new drone applications. Flying animals both power and control flight by flapping their wings. This enables small natural flyers such as insects to hover close to a flower, but also to rapidly escape danger ..."

Dave Mathewson Passes Away, AMA - Airplanes and RocketsSadness for AMA Members at Dave Mathewson's Passing

Sadness at the AMA at Dave Mathewson's PassingVery sad news arrived in my e-mail today that told of the passing of former AMA president and executive director Dave Mathewson. Dave's contribution to the Academy of Model Aeronautics is immeasurable, in my opinion, having followed his service over a couple decades. He was the District II VP when my family lived in Syracuse, NY, in the 1990's. Dave was the major force behind the AMA modernizing to adapt to the reality of contemporary modelers who opt for ready-to-fly models and electric power more so than traditional build-it-yourself modelers using glow fuel power. Although I am a member of the later category, the need to include and encourage the former category of hobbyists was obvious for the sake of organized aeromodelling survival. Many thanks to Dave's family for allowing him to pursue his passion for all our benefit. Dave Mathewson, 1/20/1952 - 10/21/2018. RIP ...

Boeing Wins Contract to Build Air Force Trainer Jets

Boeing Wins Contract to Build Air Force Trainer Jets - RF Cafe"The Boeing Co. on Thursday secured a hat-trick of Pentagon contract wins after it was awarded a deal worth as much as $9.2 billion to build new trainer jets for the U.S. Air Force. The Wall Street Journal reports. The contract to build an initial 351 T-X jets and supply training services is one of the largest Defense Department programs awarded in recent years, with the work helping sustain engineers and production equipment while the Pentagon considers the next generation of combat aircraft due to come into service in the 2030s. Analysts had favored Boeing in the long-running contest, expecting the aerospace giant to bid aggressively to secure the future of its main military jet ..."

Flettner-Type Rotor Wing-Control Line Model

Flettner-Type Rotor Wing-Control Line Model, March 1957 American Modeler Magazine - Airplanes and RocketsFlettner rotors were at one time believed to be the next big thing in air-driven propulsion. They would replace cloth sails on boats and fixed wings on aeroplanes. I remember seeing such fantastic contraptions in magazines like Mechanix Illustrated and Popular Mechanics back in the 1960's and 1970's. The nouveau sails and wings were actually built on experimental vehicles which can be found in a Google search on Flettner rotor. They operate on the Magnus effect, which is where a lifting force is generated by a spinning sphere or cylinder moving through the air (or water, or any fluid), thereby causing an unequal pressure to build on opposite sides. I had a Magnus rotor kite as a kid in the late 1960's that was made of thin, molded plastic ...

Wee Bee Article & Plans

Wee Bee Article & Plans, November 1950 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsThe Wee Bee was at one time considered the world's smallest man-carrying aircraft. It had an 18-foot wingspan and weighted 215 pounds without pilot. Lloyd Hunt's model of the Wee Bee is designed for either free flight or control line. For C/L it is powered by an .049 engine, and for F/F it uses an .020 engine. Its 22" wingspan makes it about 1/10th scale. Construction is built-up fuselage, wing, and tail surfaces with balsa sheeting over all. If you are looking for an unusual scale model that will not require a lot of detail to make it look authentic, the Wee Bee would make a good subject ...

SE-5a: A Fokker's Worst Nightmare

SE-5a: A Fokker's Worst Nightmare - Airplanes and Rockets"When World War One broke out in 1914, the airplane was barely eleven years old and was nothing more than a plodding, noisy kite barely more dangerous than an observation balloon. As a weapon, it was difficult to take seriously. Four short years later it had been transformed into a multi-dimensional weapon system of awesome potential and the Royal Airplane Factory’s SE-5a is a classic case in point. It showed clearly that in time of war man quickly finds more efficient ways rain death on his enemy. The Scout Experimental 5, (SE-5) was designed specifically to eliminate the awful short comings aircraft such as the Sopwith Camel, while at the same time, giving it a combat edge over Germany's lethal Fokkers ..."

Airmen of Vision Design Competition, November 1950 Air Trails

Airmen of Vision Design Competition, November 1950 Air Trails - Airplanes and RocketsAir Trails magazine ran a regular feature called "Airmen of Vision" that was a deign idea contest where readers submitted futuristic designs for everything from small homebuilt aircraft to military jet fighters and large commercial airliners. The 1950's was an era when young men were totally caught up in the dawning age of jet propulsion, transistorized electronics, flying cars, interplanetary flight and moon landings, wind-powered ocean liners, robotic home servants, and even - get this - personal computers! If you search the Airplanes and Rockets website for some of the other aircraft and automobile design contest entries, you will be amazed at how close some of them come to ones that have been built over the years. Check out this SpaceShipOne lookalike ...

Does Stratolaunch Have a Top Secret Purpose?

Does Stratolaunch Have a Top Secret Purpose? - Airplanes and RocketsAlthough not involved with Scaled Composites these days, remember that famed Burt Rutan, himself a model airplane enthusiast, was the founder. "The flying rocket launcher enters a crowded field, leading some to wonder if it could end up flying classified missions. Seven years ago, Microsoft founder Paul Allen started a company with a bold idea: build one of the biggest aircraft ever to fly, and then use it to launch satellites into orbit. Now just months before the airplane flies the first time, some are wondering where the customers are for such an aircraft. Could the airplane end up flying secret missions for the military and intelligence community? Built by aviation firm Scaled Composites, Stratolaunch is the largest aircraft in the world ..."

Army Looks into Laser-Powered Drones

Army Looks into Laser-Powered Drones - RF Cafe"Even as drone technology advances, power constraints limit the amount of equipment unmanned systems can carry as well as the time they can stay in the air. Some drone systems, like the Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications drone from CyPhy Works, deliver power through a tether to keep a small drone aloft for an entire week. The Army, however, is developing a system to supply power through a laser, according to reporting from the New Scientist. The drone would be outfitted with a photovoltaic cell that could take the light beam from the laser and turn it into electricity. The Army has still to determine how to get the benefits of photovoltaics without the extreme heat damaging the drone, according to Futurism ..."

New Electric Drone Has Groundbreaking Flight Time

New Electric Drone Has Groundbreaking Flight Time - RF Cafe"The US-1, from Impossible Aerospace, can fly for 2 hours. A new electric drone from Impossible Aerospace can fly more than four times as long as other battery-powered drones, the company announced today, potentially bringing the world closer to fully electric passenger aircraft. The new unmanned vehicle, dubbed the US-1, is a quadcopter that is 'essentially just one big flying battery,' says Spencer Gore, founder and CEO of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Impossible Aerospace. 'Most drones are designed with the philosophy that once you are done figuring out the payload and propulsion, you add the battery pack,' Gore says. 'Instead, from the very beginning, we designed a battery pack that was meant to fly' ..."

View-Master: America's Man in Space 3-Reel Set

View-Master: America's Man in Space 3-Reel Set - Airplanes and RocketsAs a kid in the 1960's, following America's progress in the Space Race was a big part of my life. I built and launched as many Estes rockets as my meager newspaper route-funded budget allowed. When John Glenn made his historic Earth-orbiting flight in the Mercury Freedom 7 space capsule on February 20, 1962, I was a mere 3 years old, but my parent say I was an ardent aerospace fan beginning at a very young age. Most American households probably had at least one View-Master stereo slide viewer, and ours was amongst them. I loved the 3D Peanuts slide sets, and especially any with an airplane or space exploration theme. My originals are long gone, but fortunately I was able to buy this near-perfect set titled, "America's Man in Space," on eBay ...

Intercity Travel Takes to Sky in Vertical Mode

Intercity Travel Takes to Sky in Vertical Mode - Airplanes and Rockets"In the UK, the testing of a flying taxi made the news this week. We can set sight on a new day in vertical aerospace with the company of the same name. A full scale electric vertical take off and landing aircraft has flown and takes it place as 'the UK's first full scale fully electric vertical take off and landing aircraft.' This startup, Vertical Aerospace, is building technology (1) to change how people fly, (2) to expand your notion of air travel as now an 'intercity' option, and (3) to offer people carbon free journeys. The Telegraph was already showing awareness of possible use cases with its headline "Bristol start-up launches UK's first electric 'flying taxi ..."

Senate Passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

Senate Passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 - Airplanes and Rockets"Today, the Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, and we expect President Trump to sign it into law soon. This bill includes significant modifications to our hobby. While some of the changes are positive, and include provisions that AMA has championed, overall the bill is problematic, such as a 400 AGL altitude cap in Class G airspace. Please note: None of the provisions included in this bill will go into effect immediately. The status quo remains - and you should continue to fly in accordance with AMA's safety guidelines until the FAA creates new rules, which could take some time. We will let you know as soon as we have more information on this process and timeline. In the meantime, we are already working behind-the-scenes ..."

View-Master: Tour Theatre Projector & Viewer

View-Master: Tour Theatre Projector & ViewerTo the left is Melanie with her gaf View−Master "Tour Theatre" set that she had as a little girl. She took better care of her stuff than I did, so a lot of her toys and dolls are still around decades later. It came with a Standard 30−watt projector and a hand−held stereo viewer. Also included was a nice case and a few reel sets with various places around the world*. Being a Peanuts fan like me, she had a couple 3−reel sets: "Snoopy and the Red Baron," and Peanuts." We have a "Little Drummer Boy" and "Dennis the Menace" set, too. The others are long gone. I had just a hand−held viewer. The hand−held View−Master viewer that created a 3D scene by using a pair of stereoscopic images fed individually to each eye. One of the Peanuts reels has a frame showing how those stereoscopic images were ...

Sketchbook - Modeling Hints & Kinks

Sketchbook - Modeling Hints Kinks, July 1961 American Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsHere is another round of nifty model airplane building ideas, aka "Sketchbook," submitted by readers of the Academy of Model Aviation's (AMA's) American Modeler magazine. I'm not too keen on the "rubber mold" idea of using a thin layer of silicon rubber, trimmed to the design outline with a razor knife - especially over an open wing bay or between fuselage longerons. Controlling the depth of the cut is tricky, especially in a layer of silicon that is not of uniform thickness. Mr. Itter must have a steady hand. Using a length of brass tubing with the end filed or sanded to a sharp edge is a handy trick for cutting holes I have used many times over the years - probably after having first seen it in American Aircraft Modeler, R/C Modeler, Flying Models, or Model Airplane News ...

Model Aircraft Group Condemns FAA Reauthorization Bill

Model Aircraft Group Condemns FAA Reauthorization Bill - Airplanes and Rockets"The Academy of Model Aeronautics is rallying its members to lobby congressional representatives to vote against the latest iteration of FAA reauthorization, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The bill includes modifications to the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, also known as Section 336, modifications the AMA claims will put burdensome restrictions on the use of model aircraft. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 restricts model aircraft operations to 400 feet AGL. This limit 'kills many of our operations that have been safely conducted for decades,' said AMA's interim executive director, Chad Budreau, in a video on the AMA website. AMA claims this limit will inhibit AMA competitions ..."

Van's Aircraft to Start Producing RV–12

Van's Aircraft to Start Producing RV–12 - Airplanes and Rockets"Van's Aircraft is set to begin manufacturing RV–12's in 2018 at its headquarters in Aurora, Oregon, the company announced. The factory-built special light sport aircraft (SLSA) will use fuel-injected Rotax 912 iS and iST engines instead of earlier carbureted models. Van's employees will build the new airplanes - not Synergy Air of Eugene, Oregon, a separate company that previously assembled SLSA RV - 12's from kits that Van's supplied. 'We've got a new, dedicated work area at Aurora,' said Greg Hughes, a Van's spokesman. 'All the parts, expertise, and components will be in the same area, and that's sure to enhance efficiency ..."

Read Model Aviation Online Back to 1975

Model Aviation AMA Online - Airplanes and RocketsIf you are a current member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), online access is available to every issue of Model Aviation magazine back through the first issue in July 1975. March 1975 was the final edition of the predecessor magazine titled American Aircraft Modeler (see full list). The AMA Plans Service can provide you with plans for nearly all of the models in American Modeler and American Aircraft Modeler either at the original size or scaled up or down. There is a new wave in scratch builders occurring now, and this would be a great resource for those folks ...

Cal Smith Tells You How to Win with Navy Carrier Models

Cal Smith Tells You How to Win with Navy Carrier Models, July 1961 American Modeler - Airplanes and RocketsCal Smith covers a huge amount of turf in this article about the Academy of Model Aeronautics' (AMA's) control line Navy Carrier event equipment, airframes, engines, and flying techniques. Back in 1961, when this article appeared in American Modeler magazine, the U.S. Navy was still sponsoring the AMA National Competition as a means of encouraging young men to consider careers in the Navy as pilots as well as all the other disciplines needed to keep the fleet afloat, so to speak. I always wanted to try building and flying Carrier, but the opportunity never presented itself. There have not been local clubs with a carrier deck, and I have neither the land area nor the money to build my own. It sure seems like flying Carrier shouldn't be as difficult as it really is, but I have watched competitions at Brodak and snagging one of the arrestor lines ...

Eleven Hours of Luck - Record Breaking Mystic

Eleven Hours of Luck - Record Breaking Mystic, March 1968 American Aircraft Modeler - Airplanes and Rockets

Model Aviation Comics, November 1953 Air Trails Magazine

Model Aviation Comics, November 1953 Air Trails Magazine - Airplanes and Rockets

 

 

Merry Christmas (December 1938 Boys' Life Editorial)

Merry Christmas (December 1938 Boys' Life Editorial) - Airplanes and RocketsEighty years ago - or for that matter just twenty-five years ago - it was commonplace for magazine editors to print a "Merry Christmas" message to its readers. Thanks to a host of agitator individuals and groups, doing so would likely trigger the snowflake gene and cause a flood of complaints from the offended (often times otherwise uninterested people who look for good organizations to corrupt). Editorial boards, unnecessarily desperate to avoid the appearance of racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and any form of conjured up defamatory label, usually cave to pressure and change the very nature of the publication in order to comply with demands. The longtime supporters and actual readers are made to suffer and have their interests subdued in the process. Good people rarely stand up ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMA Drone Report: FAI World Drone Racing, AMA Expo West, FAA

AMA Drone Report: FAI World Drone Racing, AMA Expo West, FAA - RF Cafe"Some 128 of the world's best drone racing pilots from 34 separate countries are making the journey to Shenzhen, 'the heart of the drone economy,' for the four-day competition that runs from 1-4 November 2018. 'At the final count we have 34 national teams with a total of 128 competitors. That includes 43 juniors and 12 women,' said FAI Jury President Bruno Delor. Travelling with them he said, 'will be a further 132 registered team managers, helpers and official supporters.' If you're not on your way to Pomona, California, you're about to miss out on something VERY cool! The 20th annual AMA Expo West will be at the Fairplex Exposition Center in Pomona, California for the first time on November 2-4 with a new ..."

China Unveils New 'Heavenly Palace' Space Station

China Unveils New 'Heavenly Palace' Space Station - Airplanes and Rockets"China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolizes the country's major ambitions beyond Earth. The 17-metre (55-foot) core module was a star attraction at the biennial Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country's main aerospace industry exhibition. Outside, China's J-10 fighter jet and J-20 stealth fighter wowed spectators as they zoomed across Zhuhai's sky. Back inside, the country displayed its fleet of drones and other military hardware. Crowds gathered around the cylindrical space station module representing the living and working quarters ..."

Small Rockets are Taking Off

Small Rockets are Taking Off - Airplanes and Rockets"In mid-November, a company called Rocket Lab will try to send six small satellites into orbit around Earth - a fairly banal undertaking, save for the size of the launch rocket. It is only 17 meters (56 feet) tall and 1.2 meters (four feet) in diameter. And if all goes well, the US company will send up more than one of its Electron rockets every month in 2019. Rocket Lab, which was created in 2006, completed a successful test flight in January and is expected this month to be the first of a new generation of companies to declare itself operational in the so-called "small launch industry." The launch window opens on November 11. Barring a mishap, or another delay after a months-long technical setback, the rocket will blast off from the world's first private orbital launch range in Mahia, New Zealand ..."

Nottingham University Lands Development of Electric Air Race Motor

Nottingham University Lands Development of Electric Air Race Motor - Airplanes and Rockets"Aircraft racing, perhaps more associated with the 1920s and 1930s, is still a major spectator sport, and it is moving with the times. A recently - announced all-electric air racing series has taken a step forward with the formation of a partnership between Nottingham University and the race series, Air Race E. Planned to launch its inaugural race in 2020, Air Race E is envisaged as being similar to Formula One pylon air racing, a competition where eight aircraft race directly against each other around a tight circuit around 1.5 km end-to-end. Promoter Jeff Zaltman, who runs the Air Race 1 World Cup, plans a race with electric aircraft flying ..."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try Using
SEARCH
to Find
What You Need.
>1,600 Pages Indexed

About
Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
Carpe Diem!
(Seize the Day!)
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 ...
Copyright
1996 - 2018
Webmaster:
Kirt Blattenberger
BSEE - KB3UON
Family Websites:
RF Cafe | Equine Kingdom

All trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other rights of ownership to images and text used on the Airplanes and Rockets website are hereby acknowledged.

Modeling Resources
Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) - Airplanes and Rockets
Academy of Model
Aeronautics
Tower Hobbies logo - Airplanes and Rockets
Tower Hobbies
Horizon Hobby logo - Airplanes and Rockets
Horizon Hobby
Sig Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets
Sig Mfg
Brodak Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets
Brodak Mfg
spacer