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How to exercise a dog with your RC plane

Jul 02, 2013 11 Comments

Two of my favorite things: RC planes and dogs! This incredibly fun video showcases Chusty, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever with energy to burn, and a Precision Aerobatics Addiction. It looks like everyone is having a good time, and I’ll bet you can’t watch Chusty’s unbridled enthusiasm for RC without smiling. When asked if [...]

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20-foot Catalina Takes Off

Jun 26, 2013 11 Comments

After nearly four years (3000 hours!) of building, Australian RC pilot Stephen Thomas had the thrill of seeing his giant-scale project take off at the Darling Downs Soaring Club in Queensland. This 1/5-scale plane is powered by two Desert Aircraft 150s spinning 28×12 Metz props and it has 25kg-rated Hitec servos and custom Century Jet [...]

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Twin-turbine English Electric Lightning

Jun 19, 2013 14 Comments

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but compared to today’s modern, colorless fighters, classic jets had some panache. Take the English Electric Lightning, a supersonic interceptor of the ’60s and ’70s that reached double the speed of sound as the first British jet fighter. With twin stacked turbine engines, it even looked fast! In [...]

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Tremendous Texan’s First Flight!

Jun 12, 2013 8 Comments

Across the pond, RC models just keep getting bigger, like this 11.15-foot-span AT-6 Texan piloted by Adolf “Poldi” Leopold. Built from a Petrasuch kit, the fiberglass model is controlled by a Weatronics radio and has Wabo pneumatic landing gear, a fully detailed cockpit, functional lights and smoke. You’ll get chills when you listen to the Moki [...]

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WW II pilot sees footage of his Spitfire crash-landing!

May 29, 2013 24 Comments

Imagine you flew a Supermarine Spitfire out of an Allied base during WW II.  Now imagine you did a belly landing in one of those famous fighters and a flight surgeon from base captured the event on film. After the war, you and Doc visit, but lose touch decades later. You still remember the film, [...]

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Parrot AR.Drone stars in “Built for the Elements”

May 29, 2013 No Comments

The Parrot AR.Drone was one of the first “toy” quadcopters available, and with its “fly by iPhone” capability it brought the fun and excitement of “RC” to everyone. Now the latest version, 2.0, has starred in an action movie, “Built for the Elements.” I enjoyed the behind-the scenes film even more than the main attraction, [...]

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6 WW II planes assembled in 6 minutes–amazing video!

May 20, 2013 5 Comments

If you haven’t yet seen this video of six WW II planes being assembled and hung at The National WWII Museum’s US Freedom Pavilion in New Orleans, you won’t want to miss this! The mesmerizing 6-minute clip features a North American B-25 Mitchell, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a General Motors TBM Avenger, a Chance Vought F4U [...]

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4-engine Handley Page takes flight

May 14, 2013 9 Comments

The Handley Page HP42 was a four-engine, long range biplane airliner built for Imperial Airwaves in the late ’20s. Only eight were ever built. This RC version, restored by Peter Bruce, is powered by four .52 4-strokes and looks majestic flying at a recent Large Model Association air show in RC Model Airshow in Rougham, [...]

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