Debra Cleghorn’s Blog

2011′s most commented posts

Jan 05, 2012 No Comments

ModelAirplaneNews.com is your site, and we appreciate your comments and feedback. A few stories over the past year garnered more than the usual number of comments, and we share the top five with you here. Scale Planes & Correct Insignia generated the most discussion of the year, with some insightful comments from scale builders and people [...]

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Die Cast X Interviews Mario Andretti

Jan 05, 2012 2 Comments

He’s been dubbed “The Driver of the Century” – and with good reason. Mario Andretti’s name has been synonymous with speed, finesse, and tenacity since his early days as a dirt-track competitor in Pennsylvania. Now a spokesman for several popular automotive brands, and a multiple Hall of Fame honoree, Mario has been loaning his knowledge [...]

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Suggestions welcome!

Jan 05, 2012 No Comments

The ModelAirplaneNews.com website has grown by leaps and bounds since we reworked it in April of last year, and many of the tweaks and fixes we made were directed by your comments. For example, you may notice that the Radio Control Show doesn’t automatically play every time you open the page (high-fives to everyone who [...]

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FW 200 watch: wear a piece of aviation history

Jan 04, 2012 2 Comments

With a dial that’s made out of metal from the last known Fock-Wulf 200 Condor, this aviator’s watch is literally a piece of history. Here’s how the aircraft was found nearly four decades after the war. Fock-Wulf FW 200 Condor (works number 0063, identification F8+BR) was discovered by Norwegian scientists thirty years ago in 1981 [...]

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Tales of the Red Tails

Jan 02, 2012 No Comments

The countdown has begun for “Red Tails,” the aviation movie we’ve all been waiting for! Here’s a sneak peek about this historic fighter squadron from our sister magazine, Flight Journal. In September 1939, while Europe was erupting for the second time in two generations, America slowly prepared for war. That month, the Tuskegee Institute in [...]

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Build your own [full-size!] Spitfire!

Jan 01, 2012 No Comments

History is being reborne in Cisco, Texas, where Supermarine Spitfire is manufacturing 90-percent-scale (full-size!) kits of the WW II fighter. You, too, could own and fly one of the world’s most legendary aircraft! Here’s the scoop: Iconic aircraft seem to be born that way……Few would doubt that the North American Mustang and the DC3 were [...]

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Cool video of the week: Jet-Powered Ultralight

Jan 01, 2012 11 Comments

 Have you ever heard of a jet-powered ultralight? Dean Arnold recently uploaded this amazing footage of the maiden flight of the his Sirocket, the first twin engine jet-powered “microlight” in the UK. Filmed at the Damyn’s Hall Airfield, the Sirocket is a composite monoplane design normally powered by a 40hp gasoline engine and pusher propeller. [...]

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Curtiss SB2C Helldiver found!

Dec 28, 2011 No Comments

Randy Jordan went for a dive last week off the coast of Jupiter, Fla.-one of about 600 he does yearly as the owner of Emerald Charters, a scuba diving charter. A group of frightened fish led  Jordan to the discovery of  what might be a  Curtiss Helldiver SB2C, an extremely rare World War II aircraft submerged in [...]

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