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A great aviation read

May 16, 2011 No Comments

Unbroken: A WW II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand There’s not much better than being in the middle of a great book: it’s a treat meant to be savored but one that I sometimes end up gobbling in just a few sessions. At the moment, I’m just a few chapters into Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, and [...]

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Kyosho Macchi M33

May 13, 2011 6 Comments

The summer is just starting to heat up, so what better time to head out to the water with a floatplane? This Macchi from Kyosho makes it easy with this scale 1925 racer. Intended for a .40 to .46 2-stroke or .52 to .56 4-stroke, this full-house model has a 57-inch wingspan and has a [...]

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Stevens AeroModel 1928 Pietenpol

May 12, 2011 No Comments

This one’s cute as a button! This indoor/outdoor electric scale flyer uses 3-channel control can can accept ParkZone and E-flite ultra micro DSM2 electronics. The kit includes wheels, windscreens, dummy engine, radiator, flying struts and profile pilot figures. It’s a quick build and features interlocking, laser-cut parts. It costs $47.99.

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O.S. Brushless Motors

May 12, 2011 1 Comment

Now you can get a brushless electric motor from an engine manufacturer you’ve trusted for 75 years! These brushless motors will be introduced in four size that are suitable for .25-, .30-, .40- and .50-size planes. Each motor has a ventilation system with a special fan to increase efficiency and allow the motor to produce even [...]

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Royal DC-3

May 10, 2011 2 Comments

Check this out: the smaller DC-3 in the foreground is actually a 14-inch-span Buffalo Airways diecast model, and the larger plane is an RC model built from an old Royal kit! The project was a collaboration between Jack Yablonski, who provided the kit, Wilf Ansel, who built it, and Robert Yablonski, who will fly it [...]

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ElectriFly Mr. Mulligan

May 10, 2011 1 Comment

This 52-inch-span racer is just begging to set a speed record at your local park! Along with painted fiberglass wheel pants, landing gear, struts and cowl, it has molded cowl blisters and even a dummy P&W radial engine to complete its scale appeal. A hidden battery hatch makes recharging easy, and because it comes built [...]

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“Jetman” flies through the Grand Canyon

May 10, 2011 2 Comments

File this one under “crazy”! This weekend, Breitling’s “Jetman” Yves Rossy completed a historic flight through Grand Canyon West. He was launched from a helicopter at 8,000 feet and, using the jet-propelled wing attached to his back and steering using only his body movements, he flew for more than 8 minutes through the canyon, reaching [...]

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Air Force Pilots Compete at Top Gun

May 09, 2011 No Comments

Here’s a great story from Chip Koenig, an Air Force major and Top Gun competitor. I learned that that my commander, General Raymond John,s was competing in my class at Top Gun, I couldn’t resist introducing himself to the General.  I’m a reservist and  had just returned only ten days prior to the competition from a voluntary 30 day [...]

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