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Debra Cleghorn

WW II B-17 crash-lands in Oswego, Illinois

WW II B-17 crash-lands in Oswego, Illinois

It’s a sad day in aviation, as a historic B-17 crash-landed in a field in Oswego, Illinois Monday, June 13th, and burst into flames. Thankfully, the FAA has reported that all seven people onboard survived without injury. Here’s the full AP report:  A World War II bomber made what appeared to be an emergency landing in a […]
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Video: Skyblade III Mini UAV

Video: Skyblade III Mini UAV

This simple-to-deploy mini UAV can be carried in a GI-issue backpack, and its onboard high-def camera system can relay images to its field operator from 15 miles away! Click HERE to check out this video of the Skyblade III in today’s daily video pick!
Gyro Festival 2011

Gyro Festival 2011

No, this isn’t an all-you-can-eat sandwich party … it’s an annual event for gyroplanes, autogyros and other gyro-equipped vehicles! The upcoming Popular Rotorcraft Association (PRA) convention will be held at the Mentone Airport in Mentone, Indiana, August 2-6, and it sounds like a blast! With full-size gyroplanes, helicopters, autogyros and powered parachutes (as well as RC models of the […]
LA Times story about electric RC planes

LA Times story about electric RC planes

First came the story about Top Gun in the Wall Street Journal (click here to read that post), and now the LA Times has a story about RC electric planes! It’s great to see the sport getting so much positive attention in mainstream media. Here’s the full story by Cyndia Zwahlen, posted June 6, 2011. […]
ONE WEEK LEFT TO APPLY! Air Age Media RC Scholarship

ONE WEEK LEFT TO APPLY! Air Age Media RC Scholarship

Air Age Media is proud to announce the establishment of the Air Age Media RC Scholarship Fund. This scholarship has been created to help further the education of young people who are interested in the hobby of radio control. The amount and number of scholarships to be presented will depend upon the number of applicants […]
U.S. Border UAVs reach 10,000 hours!

U.S. Border UAVs reach 10,000 hours!

Yesterday, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced that its office of Air and Marine Unmanned Aircraft Systems had reached a historic 10,000-hour milestone! Since 2005, their primary mission has been to secure the border and prevent acts of terrorism by identifying and intercepting potential terrorist and illegal cross-border activity as well as helping with federal […]
5th Annual Scale Squadron Fly-In

5th Annual Scale Squadron Fly-In

It’s time for the Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club’s annual scale event at their Chino, California club field! This weekend the club expects pilots from SoCal and neighboring states to gather for a weekend of scale fun. Last year, more than 160 scale models flew over the weekend! Club members note: Last year our 4th […]
8.4 million dollars can buy HOW many RC planes?

8.4 million dollars can buy HOW many RC planes?

Park flyer pilots aren’t the only folks who appreciate the convenience and accessibility of small RC aircraft: the U.S. Army just ordered $8,400,000 worth of digital Raven systems from AeroVironment! These 4.2-pound planes can be transported by backpack and hand-launched, and they proved to be an invaluable asset to small combat units. AeroVironment notes, “The […]
Wall Street Journal Top Gun Story

Wall Street Journal Top Gun Story

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 […]
Area 51: fake planes kept the Soviets guessing

Area 51: fake planes kept the Soviets guessing

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 […]
DHC-1 Chipmunk turns 65!

DHC-1 Chipmunk turns 65!

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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