Debra Cleghorn

Concrete: construction material of the future?

Jul 03, 2013 18 Comments

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students David Haberman and Tyler Pojanowski  were the first to fly and safely land an 18-pound RC concrete aircraft. The flight was quick and wobbly with the landing equally erratic, but it was enough for the record books. The 18-pound plane held its own during a crash landing [...]

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How to exercise a dog with your RC plane

Jul 02, 2013 11 Comments

Two of my favorite things: RC planes and dogs! This incredibly fun video showcases Chusty, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever with energy to burn, and a Precision Aerobatics Addiction. It looks like everyone is having a good time, and I’ll bet you can’t watch Chusty’s unbridled enthusiasm for RC without smiling. When asked if [...]

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20-foot Catalina Takes Off

Jun 26, 2013 11 Comments

After nearly four years (3000 hours!) of building, Australian RC pilot Stephen Thomas had the thrill of seeing his giant-scale project take off at the Darling Downs Soaring Club in Queensland. This 1/5-scale plane is powered by two Desert Aircraft 150s spinning 28×12 Metz props and it has 25kg-rated Hitec servos and custom Century Jet [...]

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Twin-turbine English Electric Lightning

Jun 19, 2013 14 Comments

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but compared to today’s modern, colorless fighters, classic jets had some panache. Take the English Electric Lightning, a supersonic interceptor of the ’60s and ’70s that reached double the speed of sound as the first British jet fighter. With twin stacked turbine engines, it even looked fast! In [...]

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Tremendous Texan’s First Flight!

Jun 12, 2013 8 Comments

Across the pond, RC models just keep getting bigger, like this 11.15-foot-span AT-6 Texan piloted by Adolf “Poldi” Leopold. Built from a Petrasuch kit, the fiberglass model is controlled by a Weatronics radio and has Wabo pneumatic landing gear, a fully detailed cockpit, functional lights and smoke. You’ll get chills when you listen to the Moki [...]

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Mind-control Helicopter?

Jun 05, 2013 2 Comments

With technology that brings the stuff of science fiction movies to life, scientists have been able to fly an RC quadcopter through an obstacle course using thought control! Check out the news and amazing video from the BBC: Researchers have harnessed the power of thought to guide a remote-control helicopter through an obstacle course. The demonstration joins [...]

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Meet the Shadow UAV at RCX!

May 29, 2013 No Comments

This weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center, you can get up close and personal with a Shadow UAV at the U.S. National Guard booth! The RQ-7 Shadow UAV is used by the United States Army, Marine Corps, Australian Army and Swedish Army for reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and battle damage assessment. Launched from a [...]

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WW II pilot sees footage of his Spitfire crash-landing!

May 29, 2013 24 Comments

Imagine you flew a Supermarine Spitfire out of an Allied base during WW II.  Now imagine you did a belly landing in one of those famous fighters and a flight surgeon from base captured the event on film. After the war, you and Doc visit, but lose touch decades later. You still remember the film, [...]

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