Debra Cleghorn

New unmanned aircraft: Boeing Phantom Ray

May 17, 2011 10 Comments

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 [...]

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A great aviation read

May 16, 2011 No Comments

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 [...]

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Royal DC-3

May 10, 2011 2 Comments

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 [...]

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“Jetman” flies through the Grand Canyon

May 10, 2011 2 Comments

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 [...]

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Air Force Pilots Compete at Top Gun

May 09, 2011 No Comments

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 [...]

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Roll Out Party

May 09, 2011 No Comments

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 [...]

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Back from Top Gun

May 02, 2011 No Comments

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 [...]

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Top Gun special awards

May 01, 2011 No Comments

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, [...]

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