Debra Cleghorn’s Blog

Farewell to Hobie Alter, creator of the Hobie Hawk

Mar 31, 2014 6 Comments

Hobie Alter, famous for his sailboats and surfboards, was equally well-known in the RC glider arena for his high-performance Hobie Hawk, released in 1974. In the feature photo, he’s on the August 1974 issue! The Hobie Model Company sold over 10,000 of the high-performance gliders. Here’s a great interview with Hobie from the HobieHawk.com website’s [...]

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Crazy Slope Aerobatics

Mar 25, 2014 4 Comments

Slope aerobatics are in a category all their own, and the tricks this plane can do will blow your mind! It features a JGAF’s Custom Aerobats Buzz Evo using nothing but gravity and the wind to perform some incredible stunts. Even the music is perfect for this seaside romp! Thanks to Surfimp for taking this great video and [...]

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When the Volcano Blows! Footage from a multirotor

Mar 18, 2014 No Comments

Spectacular footage a DJI Phantom captured over the (very!) active Yasur volcano on Tanna island, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. I’m pleased to note that no drones were harmed during the shoot, although those red-hot embers and ash look like they come too close for comfort! )

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Monster P-40 Warhawk: First Flight!

Mar 12, 2014 23 Comments

Watching the first flight of this giant 7.6-foot-span warbird is a real treat! Piloted by Josef Spielhofer of the Austrian Falcon Wings, the plane weighs in at 61 pounds and is powered by a 3W 150 R2 inline engine and uses Weatronics radio gear. Watch to the very end for a landing that will get [...]

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Road to Top Gun: Stunning Stuka

Mar 10, 2014 9 Comments

Competing in Expert, this two-time Brazilian scale champion is coming to Top Gun this year! Built and piloted by Fernando Bellegarde, this Stuka is a modified Ziroli kit that’s powered by a DLE 55 engine with a shaft extender. The plane’s modifications include a three-piece wing and dive siren, and the plane’s winter camo scheme [...]

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Giant F-14 Swing-Wing’s First Flight

Mar 04, 2014 9 Comments

From our friend across the pond Tbobborap1, this video of the maiden flight of Mick Burrell’s 1/7.5-scale Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a must-see. Tbob notes that there are only two of these models in the UK and that this one is the first to fly, adding, “It was a beautiful sunny day with a reasonable [...]

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America the Beautiful: A Drone’s Eye View

Feb 20, 2014 No Comments

Warning: this video will make you want to stop whatever you’re doing and immediately plan a vacation to Arches National Park and the Southwest. Filmed by DTX Media’s stable of multi-rotors, this clip captures some of the most beautiful places in the U.S. A big shout out Jonny Carroll for creating this great video and [...]

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Fun in the snow

Feb 14, 2014 No Comments

Snowing out? No problem … let’s go fly! With the snowpocalypse on the East Coast I thought this was a timely video. Thanks to Aircheck24 for creating this video and posting it on YouTube.

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