Debra Cleghorn

A squadron of tiny quadcopters: must-see video!

Feb 06, 2012 5 Comments

Picture this: a nano quadcopter that’s fast and agile. Then multiply it by 20, and imagine this tiny squadron flying in formation, performing tasks and doing aerobatic maneuvers–together. In a video from the GRASP Lab of the University of Pennsylvania, air vehicles developed by KMel Robotics put on an amazing show. I promise that this [...]

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Critical speeds for drone aircraft – interesting read!

Jan 19, 2012 No Comments

When I imagine a bird (or drone) flying, I envision it in the open sky, free of obstacles, power lines and the like. This latest news release from MIT shows how researchers studying bird flight speed in dense areas like forests and underbrush can apply that knowledge to drone aircraft, which would be flying through cities and [...]

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Red Tails! Tuskegee Legends & Facts

Jan 17, 2012 26 Comments

The much anticipated movie about the  WW II Tuskegee Airmen, Red Tails, is opening today! Is it true that the famed squadron never lost a bomber? That they shot down the first German jet? Before you head to the theater, test your Tuskegee knowledge with these legends and facts.   Since the 1970s, several widely [...]

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Spherical flying machine

Jan 11, 2012 4 Comments

Check out this flying RC sphere!  It takes off vertically and can land in any attitude. A propeller in the “front” and internal wings allow it to fly horizontally, and it can hover for 8 minutes. Now I want one!  

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A Warthog on Skis!

Jan 09, 2012 1 Comment

My Canadian friend Jean Tardif send this video of his A-10 Thunderbolt flying off snow skis. I told him he is obviously having too much fun and that his aircraft is the first A-10 I’ve even seen on skis. Watch the clip … bet you can’t help but smile! Jean has since told me more about [...]

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A pink (?!) WW II warbird?

Jan 05, 2012 6 Comments

Sand and spinach, sea-foam gray, navy and duck-egg blue … we’ve seen a lot of schemes for WW II Spitfires, but a pink one? We came across this interesting article on io9.com and think it’s worth sharing. Author Esther Inglis-Arkell writes, “World War II marked a time of great innovation, which was sometimes practical and sometimes loony. [...]

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2011′s most commented posts

Jan 05, 2012 No Comments

ModelAirplaneNews.com is your site, and we appreciate your comments and feedback. A few stories over the past year garnered more than the usual number of comments, and we share the top five with you here. Scale Planes & Correct Insignia generated the most discussion of the year, with some insightful comments from scale builders and people [...]

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Die Cast X Interviews Mario Andretti

Jan 05, 2012 2 Comments

He’s been dubbed “The Driver of the Century” – and with good reason. Mario Andretti’s name has been synonymous with speed, finesse, and tenacity since his early days as a dirt-track competitor in Pennsylvania. Now a spokesman for several popular automotive brands, and a multiple Hall of Fame honoree, Mario has been loaning his knowledge [...]

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