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Wall Street Journal Top Gun Story

May 24, 2011 1 Comment

The provocative title, ”Earthbound Jet Jockeys Caught in Dogfight with FAA: Hobbyists flying fastest model planes resist rules aimed at drones,” will certainly get a lot of attention! Susan Carey, who writes about aviation issues for the Wall Street Journal, was at the Lakeland, Florida event to get the inside scoop on how elite modelers were [...]

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Area 51: fake planes kept the Soviets guessing

May 24, 2011 1 Comment

Recently declassified documents and photos from the infamous Area 51 in the Nevada desert show that the U.S. built fake prototype planes out of cardboard and even put heaters near the models to mimic the heat from a just-landed afterburner engine! The U.S. military knew that shadows from the planes could be detected by Soviet [...]

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Chief Aircraft has a brand-new website!

May 24, 2011 No Comments

Check out Chief Aircraft’s redesigned website at www.chiefaircraft.us! The new site is easy to navigate, and all of Chief’s radio-control products are listed under that heading (they also sell items for pilots of full-size aircraft!). Head over to their site and see what’s new, shop by brand or just check out the latest planes, helicopters [...]

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DHC-1 Chipmunk turns 65!

May 23, 2011 No Comments

This weekend, the North London Flying Club celebrated the 65th anniversary of the first flight of the DCH-1 Chipmunk! This full-size aircraft association is based out of the Panshanger Aerodrome in the UK.  The DCH-1 trainer was actually designed by the Canadian branch of deHavilland, and 1283 Chipmunks were produced in total. The next celebration [...]

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Hitec Digital Servo Programmer & Tester

May 20, 2011 No Comments

We love Hitec’s older programmer, so we’re looking forward to getting one of these new & improved units! The new HFP-25 has a lightweight, streamlined case and comes with a rechargeable NiMH battery pack. It also has an easy-to-read LDC screen. low-battery warning and both automatic and manual testing capabilities. It costs $74.99.

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Tower Hobbies Razor

May 19, 2011 No Comments

Check out this new aerobat! With all-wood construction and painted fiberglass cowl and wheel pants, this 52-inch-span flyer is ready for action. It can be powered by a .46 to .52 2-stroke, equivalent 4-stroke or a RimFire .55 brushless motor, and it requires just a 4-channel radio and 4 to 5 servos. The Razor’s short, direct [...]

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IMAA “Build a Big Bird” Winners!

May 18, 2011 1 Comment

The winners of the IMAA’s “Build a Big Bird” contest were announced at Joe Nall last week; congratulations not only to the winners but to everyone who participated. The IMAA (International Miniature Aircraft Association) is an AMA special interest group dedicated to flying and promoting gian-scale aircraft, and this contest was open to new and [...]

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New unmanned aircraft: Boeing Phantom Ray

May 17, 2011 10 Comments

The latest in Boeing’s lineup of unmanned airborne systems, the Phantom Ray completed its first flight at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California. During the 17-minute test flight, the Phantom Ray reached speeds of 178 knots. Craig Brown, program manager for Phantom Ray, notes, “The first flight moves us farther into [...]

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