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X-37B Secret Space Plane Video

Jun 20, 2012 11 Comments

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned space plane returned to Earth last week after 15 months in orbit on a mystery mission! The Air Force released a video (below) that was partially shot in infrared. The X-37B landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base.      

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Fly a Negative Snap from an Inverted Climb

Jun 20, 2012 3 Comments

There is no doubt that many aerobatic enthusiasts are interested in performing extreme moves. It is important however, to build your aerobatic sequences on a solid foundation. Years ago, when I first became interested in aerobatics, 3D flying did not exist. Instead, we concentrated on precision aerobatics and honed our skills while competing at various [...]

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New Aerobatic Champions Crowned at XFC!

Jun 18, 2012 2 Comments

The dust has cleared at the Futaba Extreme Flight Championships, and six plane and heli pilots have earned the title of aerobatic champion! At XFC, competitors fly freestyle sequences choreographed to music and incorporate known and unknown aerobatic maneuvers. Contributor Mark Fadely was on hand and took these photos and videos for Model Airplane News. [...]

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Win a Gorilla Glue Prize Package!

Jun 12, 2012 6 Comments

What are the last two things you glued together? Enter our Facebook contest and your innovative answer could win you this $50 Gorilla Glue prize package. Contest ends June 19, and winners will be chosen by the Model Airplane News editors. Good luck! www.Facebook.com/modelairplanenews [Please free to reply here, but remember that only responses on our [...]

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RitewingRC Zephyr II Review — With Video!

Jun 11, 2012 6 Comments

 The concept of a flying wing or tailless fixed-wing aircraft is not new, the idea has been around since as early as World War I.  This design has been adopted into the RC world with great success, most notably with the Zagi craze.  The next generation of flying wings are bigger, stronger and faster.  The [...]

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Half-Scale Masterpiece

Jun 07, 2012 18 Comments

Would you believe that Dean Copeland designed and built this beauty in just 4 months? A masters class entry this year’s Top Gun, the 50%-scale Cri-Cri Columban MC-15 is a work of art, with a fully detailed cockpit and moving controls. Dean powers it with twin Axi 4120-18 motors. It won Outstanding Craftsmanship and Best Civilian runner [...]

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Joggobot: a quadcopter running companion

Jun 05, 2012 14 Comments

Just when you think you’ve heard the strangest stories about quadcopters, there comes another one. Case in point: the Joggobot is a smart quadcopter that orients itself using images on a runner’s t-shirt and can help the runner to keep pace, challenge him or her to run faster and even dance with the runner. No [...]

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Airopult: Just Plane Safe

May 30, 2012 6 Comments

Contributor Frank Tiano shares some news about a new plane-restraint device that makes starting your engine a safer and more relaxed experience. “Back in September 2010 Stuart Baker called me to discuss a new gizmo/tool, for RC model airplanes he was developing, and encouraged my opinion. After viewing some original concepts I told him I [...]

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