Editors Blogs

Appropriate story for Memorial Day

May 26, 2011 1 Comment

I received an email with the following message this week and wanted to share it here. True Story…(2005) Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were.  A certain lieutenant colonel [...]

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Area 51: fake planes kept the Soviets guessing

May 24, 2011 1 Comment

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 [...]

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DHC-1 Chipmunk turns 65!

May 23, 2011 No Comments

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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Linkage Safety

May 23, 2011 No Comments

Now, let’s talk about proper linkage setup. Many advanced airplanes take advantage of ball-links to attach given pushrods to a servo arm, control horn, etc. Using ball-links in these areas guarantees to improve linkage geometry and allows a given surface to move freely.  While using a clevis works if servo and linkage geometry are correct, [...]

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Inverted issues

May 22, 2011 2 Comments

Clarence,     I have a OS BGX-1 mounted inverted in a one-fifth scale Pica P-40. I am using a J-Tec muffler.This engine is very hard to start. I usually have to turn the plane over, place in a cradle, then it starts, by hand, easily. I then shut it down, put the plane back on its [...]

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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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Control Surface Deflection Accuracy

May 16, 2011 No Comments

In my 22 years of flying radio-control airplanes, I have learned that time must be taken when both building and setting up your aircraft. For example, let’s talk about control surface deflections. Over the years, I’ve seen some cases at the flying field where pilots simply “eyeball” various control rates and often blame their aircraft [...]

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