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It rolls! It floats! It flies! It’s MUWA!

Nov 06, 2013 2 Comments

File this under “why didn’t I think of that?”! The University of Tokyo’s Multi-field Universal Wheel for Air-land vehicle (MUWA)  uses a foam wheel to balance sideways like a wheel and roll along the ground as well as land on water. Its four, independently controlled variable pitch props can direct thrust in two different directions, forcing [...]

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“Risque” nose art

Nov 06, 2013 73 Comments

Believe it or not, whenever any of our magazines show a scale model or full-size plane with even slightly “risque” nose art, I can practically guarantee that I’ll get a few letters from concerned parents who are upset that they have to censor our publication before giving it to their young sons. Modelers will know [...]

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New Blackbird: on the boards

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

In 1998, the last SR-71 Blackbird landed for the last time, but there’s reason for celebration: Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works is planning a more advanced version, Blackbird 2.0 if you will. The SR-72 will use a hypersonic engine that combines turbines and ramjets, and Lockheed says it will be TWICE as fast as the original SR-71 [...]

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Swiss “Gimball” takes collisions in stride

Oct 31, 2013 6 Comments

Ever see fly buzz a room, bouncing off windows and walls and somehow continuing on its insect mission? Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have created Gimball to borrow from the insect world. It uses sensors to navigate and its elastic cage and gyroscopically stabilized to bounce back from impacts, stay oriented and continue on [...]

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Drone Search & Rescue

Oct 31, 2013 No Comments

Multi rotors aren’t just useful for spy missions and getting great photography. In this emergency drill, the Roswell Flight Test Crew works with the local fire department in Eugene, Oregon to help save lives. Their mission is to assist firefighters in conducting a Hasty River search in a training scenario: a man floating down the river [...]

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How to Hang an Airplane

Oct 30, 2013 2 Comments

This story about Lucky Lindy’s Monocoupe comes to us from our sister publication, Flight Journal. The video is great! Charles Lindbergh’s plane, which had previously hung in Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport since 1979, has returned to its place of welcoming passengers to the St. Louis airport. The famous aviator’s 1934 Model D–127 Monocoupe, an [...]

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Remember reed radios?

Oct 30, 2013 32 Comments

Raise your hand if you remember the days of single-channel, escapement RC! According to the poster, “This model uses a 45-year-old radio control system (Futaba F-66) that only controls the rudder using a rubber band powered clockwork mechanism.  The radio has one button which you press in the correct sequence to get right, left , [...]

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The future of drones

Oct 29, 2013 3 Comments

In this great TED talk, Patrick Egan of Skyborg UAV Aerial Photography shares his thoughts about the positive potential of drones, from improving agriculture to cell tower inspections and more. He notes that although drones have gotten a lot of bad press, especially for their use in surveillance and in war zones, we should re-examine this technology and how [...]

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Model Airplane News Executive editor. About me: I’m a publishing professional who has a passion for aviation and RC, and I love creating issues, books and a website that help RC pilots to enjoy this sport even more. I admire scale aircraft and enjoy the convenience of flying smaller electrics.
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