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Debra Cleghorn

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 […]
IMAA “Build a Big Bird” Winners!

IMAA “Build a Big Bird” Winners!

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

New unmanned aircraft: Boeing Phantom Ray

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 […]
A great aviation read

A great aviation read

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 […]
Royal DC-3

Royal DC-3

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 […]
“Jetman” flies through the Grand Canyon

“Jetman” flies through the Grand Canyon

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 […]
Air Force Pilots Compete at Top Gun

Air Force Pilots Compete at Top Gun

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 […]
High Sierra Radio Control Club Roll Out Party

High Sierra Radio Control Club Roll Out Party

I get a lot of requests from clubs for donations and am always happy to send some free subscription cards and hats to add to the event raffle or for prizes. Not so long ago we sent a care package out to the High Sierra Radio Control Club for their Roll Out Party, and club […]
Back from Top Gun

Back from Top Gun

It was a spectacular show of scale building and piloting and a wonderful time to see friends and make new ones. A new friend Gerry and I have talked to over email and finally met this weekend is Alex Samour, who took this photo of me, Nick Ziroli and Yvonne DeFrancesco, our publisher. Do I […]

Top Gun special awards

Masters High Static: Gwyn Avenel, SBD-5 Dauntless Expert High Static: Giancula Demarchi, Aeromacchi MB-339 Team High Static: Marvin Erbesfeld/Ransom Fairchild, Sopwith Camel Unlimited High Static: David Hayes, Rockwell Thrush Pilots’ Choice: Mitch Epstein, Waco Best Military: Kyle Goodwine, F4F Wildcat Best Military Pilots’ Choice:  Giancula Demarchi, Aeromacchi MB-339 Best Biplane: Mitch Epstein, Waco Best WW I: Richard Feroldi, […]
Mexican drone crashes in Texas

Mexican drone crashes in Texas

                                          A small unmanned Mexican drone that crashed into a backyard in El Paso, Texas, was part of a surveillance test by Mexican authorities that ended abruptly when operators lost control of the aircraft, a […]
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