Road to Top Gun — Focke-Wulf Butcher Bird — Back from the Ashes!

Apr 21, 2016 2 Comments

Regular Top Gun contestant, Matt Lupri from Hyde Park, MA., is again coming to compete in the Expert class. This time he will be flying his nicely rebuilt Focke-Wulf FW 190A-8. After crashing it at the 2012 Top Gun, Matt rebuilt his all-wood warbird, originally built from Roy Vaillancourt plans, and it now has a new DLE-120 gas [...]

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Soviet Space Duo

Apr 21, 2016 5 Comments

Check out this one of a kind duo! Modeled after the full-size Russian Antonov AN-225 and the Buran spaceship it airlifted for takeoff, these jet models can really put on a show. After takeoff, the Buran launch gets a little interesting but both aircraft make it back safely to terra firma. Thanks to RCHeliJet for taking this [...]

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Pick Your Power — Gas, Glow, or Electric

Apr 20, 2016 5 Comments

There’s an old saying that suggests, “If in doubt, add power!” And we have to admit, there are some Model Airplane News editors who do believe there’s just no substitute for horsepower. But when it comes to selecting which kind of power system to use, many RC modelers can use a little help. Whether you [...]

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Paving the Road to Top Gun — Frank Tiano on TV!

Apr 20, 2016 2 Comments

We just heard from the Top Gun man himself, Frank Tiano, that he and chief static judge Bob Curry  were invited to the NBC Tampa Channel 8 studio to film a segment they will air about Top Gun. Its a great opportunity to let everyone know what this Top Gun event is all about and [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Brazilian Razorback

Apr 20, 2016 1 Comment

Competing in the Expert class, Fernando Bellegarde from Bellegarde, São Paulo, Brazil, will be flying a totally modified Meister Scale P-47 Thunderbolt. With more than 30 modifications to make it closer to full scale, Fernando’s Razorback is powered with a Moki 180cc radial engine and controlled with a Futaba radio system using 14 servos. The total building [...]

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Big Blast from the Past — Bücker Jungmeister

Apr 20, 2016 24 Comments

Who remembers this one? If you like giant scale, check out Helmut Müller’s 85% scratch-built Bücker, it looks like it could carry a small person! Without FAA restrictions, this European Biplane has a 17.5-foot-span, weighs in at 286 pounds and is powered by a Hirth 521cc 2-stroke (ultralight engine) turning a Fiala 60 x 20 wood propeller. The model uses industrial-quality Tonegawa Seiko servos, [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Douglas SBD Dauntless

Apr 19, 2016 No Comments

Dino DiGiorgio of Fort Pierce, FL., just let us know that he will be entering the Pro-Am Prop class with a Douglas SBD Dauntless that was his father’s. This Nick Ziroli design was started by Dino Sr. and was finished by Wayne Fussell. The SBD was built from an Aeroplane Works kit, and it has [...]

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Today in Aviation History: 74 years ago today, we salute the Doolittle Raiders

Apr 18, 2016 No Comments

Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-25 Mitchell Bombers off the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet (CV-8).  Admiral Halsey commanded Task Force 16.  Excerpt from The Air Force Story (a series of films ordered made by General of the Air Force Hap Arnold).  This is placed here in memory of Colonel Travis Hoover, my C.O. at [...]

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