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John Reid

Flying the Canadair CL 415 Super Scooper

Flying the Canadair CL 415 Super Scooper

This is outstanding! You just don’t hear much about aerial fire fighting in Europe but these Spaniards have gotten it down! Check out how low they fly over cars, roads and buildings on their way to pick-up water. The pilots are really yanking the controls around when they get close to the fire. This is […]
Two Global Hawks Fly in Formation

Two Global Hawks Fly in Formation

Here is a story pulled off the sUAS news site … cool stuff! Northrop Grumman Corporation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center have successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations, moving DARPA’s Autonomous High-Altitude Refueling (AHR) program closer to demonstrating the first autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, […]
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F-35B

F-35B

I found this to be rather cool, enjoy This video link is fresh (for the public).  It was made just six weeks ago in the Atlantic, just off Newport News (Hampton Roads), Virginia … These are the latest sea trials the F-35B on the USS Wasp. They were very successful, with 74 VL’s (Vertical Launch) and STO’s […]
Best kite flyer in the world!

Best kite flyer in the world!

Romancing the wind, with 3 kites…. outstanding! Ray Bethell performs a kite ballet to Flower Duet from Lakme by Delibes. Video by Robert Holbrook Notice that one kite is controlled by his right leg, the other two by his hands. Beautiful! Turn up your sound.
AeroWorks new 30cc Freestyle Extra 260 QB

AeroWorks new 30cc Freestyle Extra 260 QB

We got this rocking gas aerobat in for a review and our own Jason Benson got to fly it first.  This plane is an excellent aerobatic machine that really travels light in the sky.  If you get a chance to fly this bird, you should take it, and trust me, you will enjoy every minute […]
Now these things are starting to look like RC planes

Now these things are starting to look like RC planes

Now that Drones look like RC planes, I guess the only area that can be improved is in the flying software.  This latest release is really cool and it is unbelievable (and scary) just how exact drones can be program to fly.   MAVinci will show new UAS Flight Planning Software features at INTERGEO MAVinci […]
Scale Un-contest

Scale Un-contest

This last weekend I was able to attend a Scale Un-Contest down in Orange County, California, put on by the Scale Squadron of Southern California. The idea behind this contest was to duplicate an actual scale contest without any of the pressures. Participants were able to have their planes judged by certified scale judges and […]
Great Planes Phazer, First Look!

Great Planes Phazer, First Look!

We got our first look at the Great Planes Phazer, and we were very impressed with the speed of this delta wing aircraft.  The Phazer is an easy to assemble ARF that went together quickly, with very clear directions.  Once done, you have a great looking ducted fan that is solid in the air.  Did […]
My new racer

My new racer

Here is my latest Viper 500, ready for the next quickie race. In the March Issue of Electric Flight I will talk about how to use this spray on paint to create new designs over MonoKote and Ultra Coat. This is the first spray paint that I found that you can apply over covering material […]
Tuskegee University welcomes airmen home

Tuskegee University welcomes airmen home

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (September 18, 2012) — After more than 60 years, part of Tuskegee’s aviation legacy returned to historic Moton Field. Four original Tuskegee Airmen were welcomed back to the historic training site by the National Park Service and Tuskegee University President, Gilbert L. Rochon, on Sept. 15. “The Tuskegee Airmen are an intrinsic part […]
Fly the Hovering Square Loop

Fly the Hovering Square Loop

In this video Jason Benson shows us how to perform the Hovering Square Loop.  John Glezellis explains the maneuver in the January Issue of Electric Flight in his column “Aerobatics Made Easy.” Be sure to read John’s article for the finer points on this maneuver. Before you know it you will be flying it to […]
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