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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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Top Gun Highlights

May 03, 2013 1 Comment

These great shots come to us courtesy of David Hart, who has been on the flightline since this event started on Wednesday. Despite the clouds, he was able to capture some great action footage. enjoy!    

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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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New development in VTOL design

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments

Combining the hovering capability of a helicopter with the high-speed, long-range flight capabilities of a fixed-wing aircraft has intrigued engineers for decades. The Australian company StopRotor Technology has a new approach: their Hybrid RotorWing design concept has a main rotor that switches from fixed rotor to fixed wing in mid air. According to Gizmag’s Jan Bellezina, “The Hybrid [...]

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Rare B-17 Gun Turret on eBay

Apr 17, 2013 2 Comments

We’ve heard of a lot of interesting items for sale on eBay, but this one’s a first: a piece of a WW II B-17, in its original paint! If you’ve got the space for it, what a great conversation piece this would make! With a reserve set at $6,100, the auction is ending Sunday; click here to go to the [...]

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F-104 motorcycle?

Apr 11, 2013 2 Comments

An  interesting motorcycle was spotted in Indianapolis. He has chocks for it too.  His hat suggests he was an F-86 driver although the bike says it’s an F-104. Very cool.

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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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MLB Super Bat UAV [VIDEO]

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

The MLB Super Bat is a small, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has mission capabilities found only in larger UAVs. The Super Bat is a complete UAV System that can operate autonomously, deliver high quality video imagery, and can be transported in a small SUV. The aircraft operates autonomously, has a 10-hour maximum duration, and [...]

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