Debra Cleghorn

Assembling a (real!) P-47

Mar 08, 2013 No Comments

In this 1944 training film, a ground support crew assembles a P-47 in a field using nothing more than muscle, hand tools and the shipping crate the pieces arrive in. One of my favorite parts is in the beginning: a warning to “read all instructions before unpacking!”  Enjoy! Many thanks to Zenoswarbirdvideos for posting this [...]

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Project Zero: World’s First Electric Tilt-Rotor

Mar 08, 2013 2 Comments

AgustaWestland just unveiled a top-secret project: a man-carrying, electric tilt-rotor aircraft! Dubbed “Project Zero,” the aircraft’s two tilt rotors can take off and land vertically, hover like a helicopter and fly forward as fast and efficiently as a fixed-wing plane. Each rotor has its own electric motor that uses rechargeable batteries. Even cooler is that [...]

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Planes: preview a new Disney film

Mar 07, 2013 No Comments

Here’s another reason to be excited for summer! Mark your calendars, because “Planes” will be coming to a theater near you this August. Check out the trailer here:

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Hobby drones: illegal invasion of privacy?

Feb 21, 2013 29 Comments

A Texas state representative has recently sponsored a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to take photos with an unmanned aircraft without the permission of the property owner. This excerpt from a PopSci.com article by Rebecca Boyle is an interesting read. What do you think about the legality — or illegality — of RC [...]

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How to box a Mosquito

Feb 21, 2013 3 Comments

So how do you get a warbird safely from one side of the world to the other? Well, in the case of Jerry Yagen’s recently restored de Havilland Mosquito, known as KA114, it’s being disassembled and placed into a shipping container for it’s trip home to the U.S. New Zealand warbird experts Avspecs Limited rebuilt [...]

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Red Bull Cobra Turbine Heli

Feb 20, 2013 1 Comment

Check out Josef Schmirl’s 81-pound Red Bull Cobra masterpiece! Billed as the world’s largest RC heli, this turbine-powered machine sports incredible scale detail, including moving pilot figures that drink Red Bull! Thanks to YTschim for posting a YouTube video of this magnificent machine.

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Multi-rotor with vectored thrust!

Feb 14, 2013 4 Comments

This unusual flying machine has two motor control: the upper motor pivots for pitch and the lower provides roll control. Pitch control is pendulum style, with the weight below the pivot point, and yaw is controlled by motor speed. Thanks to experimenter Matthew Wellington, who posted this video of his interesting creation on YouTube!

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Smartphone-controlled paper airplane!

Feb 14, 2013 7 Comments

PowerUp Toys takes the ubiquitous paper airplane to new heights! Last year, they introduced an electric conversion kit that can propel a paper airplane and this August they plan to offer a control system so that you can control it with any Bluetooth-equipped smartphone! Free airplane templates, inexpensive ($14) electric power systems and the upcoming [...]

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