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Meet Robo-Fly, the world’s smallest flying robot

May 08, 2013 4 Comments

This teensy flyer just moved to the top of our “must have” list! Built from carbon-fiber, this robo-fly developed by Harvard researchers weighs a fraction of a gram and is quite agile in flight. Tiny robots like these could eventually be used in rescue operations in collapsed buildings and other tight spaces. Check out the video! [...]

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Amazing 1/3-scale LAMA

May 01, 2013 No Comments

Harald Endisch and Gerhard Muller only spent six months building this incredible scale machine! Powered by a Jakubowsky 5.1 KW turbine engine spinning 134-inch rotor blades, this flybarless RC LAMA SA 315B looks just like the full-scale machine in flight. Thanks to RCScaleAirplanes for posting this video on YouTube.

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Incredible RC Dragonfly!

Mar 30, 2013 9 Comments

The engineers at Festo, the same folks who designed the amazing SmartBird, have now created a four-winged dragonfly they call “BionicOpter.” Here’s the scoop from their website and don’t miss the video of the dragonfly in flight below! With the BionicOpter, Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly. Just like [...]

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Micro UAV that plays “catch”!

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

Researchers at UPenn’s GRASP Lab have created a micro UAV that can grab objects while in flight! Using the same physics as a bird of prey, the UAV has a 128-gram grasping claw that replicates a sweeping motion to catch and release an object while maintaining its flight path. Check out the video!

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On a wing and a prayer …

Mar 13, 2013 13 Comments

Yes, you’re seeing that right. This inventor has strapped on a wooden, built-up wing and turbine jet and is taking a little test-flight to check things out. He appears to be using  an RC surface radio for control. You can see his wing and power pack in the taxi test video, and then the first [...]

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Assembling a (real!) P-47

Mar 08, 2013 No Comments

In this 1944 training film, a ground support crew assembles a P-47 in a field using nothing more than muscle, hand tools and the shipping crate the pieces arrive in. One of my favorite parts is in the beginning: a warning to “read all instructions before unpacking!”  Enjoy! Many thanks to Zenoswarbirdvideos for posting this [...]

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How to box a Mosquito

Feb 21, 2013 3 Comments

So how do you get a warbird safely from one side of the world to the other? Well, in the case of Jerry Yagen’s recently restored de Havilland Mosquito, known as KA114, it’s being disassembled and placed into a shipping container for it’s trip home to the U.S. New Zealand warbird experts Avspecs Limited rebuilt [...]

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Red Bull Cobra Turbine Heli

Feb 20, 2013 1 Comment

Check out Josef Schmirl’s 81-pound Red Bull Cobra masterpiece! Billed as the world’s largest RC heli, this turbine-powered machine sports incredible scale detail, including moving pilot figures that drink Red Bull! Thanks to YTschim for posting a YouTube video of this magnificent machine.

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