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Paper Airplane Breaks Altitude Record

Paper Airplane Breaks Altitude Record

The U.S. Fox Valley Composite Squadron, Illinois Wing, Civil Air Patrol, has just made history with a paper airplane that reached the highest altitude ever! Launched via helium balloon from Kankakee, Illinois, the camera-equipped paper plane landed 82 miles away, southwest of Rochester, IN and was airborne for 2 hours and 7 minutes. The 14.5-inch-span paper airplane, […]
RC jet or personal aircraft?

RC jet or personal aircraft?

Which do you think it is? Believe it or not, this is an ARF jet! Just announced at JetPower by U.S. distributor Elite Aerosports, no word yet on how big a turbine the Rebel Pro requires or its price. Would you want to fly a jet this big? We think it probably burns a lot of A-1 but watching […]
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RC Raptors Take Flight!

RC Raptors Take Flight!

Although these RC ornithopters are intended to scare away nuisance birds, we just want to know how we can get our hands on one! Designed by Dutchman Nico Nijenhuis of Clear Flight Solutions, the 47-inch-span Robird peregrine falcon and 86-inch-span eagle look and fly just like the real thing and can fly at speeds of up to 50mph!  The manufacturer even […]
12-Engine Flying Boat!

12-Engine Flying Boat!

A true scratch-built project, this 1/10-scale Dornier DO X1a was designed, built and piloted by Michael Bräuer. This impressive built-up plane has a 16-foot wingspan and weighs in at 132 pounds, and it’s powered by twelve (12!) O.S. .62 4-strokes. Michael notes that he spent one year building this giant plane and that it has Futaba […]
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Incredible 40%-Scale Eindecker

Incredible 40%-Scale Eindecker

Sleek, sophisticated WW II fighters usually get more props than earlier era warbirds, but this 40-percent-scale Fokker E.1 may change your mind. Made famous by none other than Max Immelmann himself, the Eindecker had wing warping instead of ailerons, and the model demonstrates just how well they worked! Built by Gerhard Reinsch and flown at […]
Greased Lightning: 10 electric motors, 10-foot wing!

Greased Lightning: 10 electric motors, 10-foot wing!

Check out this prototype! Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center hope unmanned aerial systems like this GL-10 Greased Lightning will be able to fly like a plane and hover like a multirotor. The GL-10 recently flew successfully while tethered; full flight tests are planned in the fall of 2014.
Half-Scale Bristol Bulldog Takes Flight

Half-Scale Bristol Bulldog Takes Flight

Would you believe this giant model has been flying for over 10 years? Ian Turney-White’s 177-pound, 161-inch-span Bristol Bulldog is powered by a 425cc JPX flat twin. This video was filmed by the father and son team of Dean and Pete Coxon at a Large Model Association aircraft show at the Yorkshire Air Museum in the UK earlier this month. Wow!
7-Engine Russian Bomber

7-Engine Russian Bomber

If you like flying really big, unique aircraft, then this 16-foot-span Kalinin K-7 might be just what you’re looking for! With a wingspan close to that of a B-52, only one full-size K-7 was ever built, and it crashed after seven flights due to a tail boom structural failure, so it’s doubtful you’ll run into another RC version […]
World’s Largest RC PBY Catalina

World’s Largest RC PBY Catalina

Stephen Thomas shared this video of his third test flight and notes it was an “Awesome day with 8 knots down the strip.” Powered by two Desert Aircraft 150cc engines, the 248-pound aircraft has a wingspan of over 20 feet and features built-up wood construction and fiberglass covering. Wow!
Magnificent “Mossie” Takes Flight

Magnificent “Mossie” Takes Flight

Here’s another treat from our British friends Pete and Dean Coxford: an enormous de Havilland DH-98 Mosquito! This video is a compilation from two flights by RC airshow pilot Steve Holland during a weekend event at RAF Cosford, hosted by the Large Model Association.  Besides the fact that this is a new build, we don’t have any […]
Giant Avro Vulcan wows the crowd!

Giant Avro Vulcan wows the crowd!

Powered by four (4!) 160 Wren turbines, this massive 20-foot span Avro Vulcan wowed the crowds at the recent RAF Cosford Air Show put on by Britain’s Large Model Association. Piloted by Dave Johnson, this giant jet looks and sounds like its big brother and in the video flies at speeds of up to 120mph. […]
Fantastic Fokker

Fantastic Fokker

Watching this video, it’s easy to understand why Manfred von Richthofen himself was such a proponent of the Fokker D-VII, even though the “Red Baron” died before the first D-VIIs reached service. Built from the Balsa USA kit by Knut Huk and piloted by Andy Nusser at the Flugtage MFC in Oberhausen this summer, the 1/3-scale model fighter has a 10-foot wingspan and […]
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