On this Day in Aviation History — December 14.

Dec 14, 2015 No Comments

2006 – The classified U.S. spy satellite known only as USA-193 is launched atop a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It would fail after reaching orbit, and rather than risk allowing its sensitive data falling into the wrong hands and/or crashing into a populated area, in 2008 the Pentagon would [...]

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Giant-Scale Junkers

Dec 09, 2015 8 Comments

This plane is from the days when air travel was a treat! Filmed by RCHeliJet at the Hausen Flugtag in Switzerland, this trimotor transport of the 1930s and ’40s is nicely detailed and has the characteristic Ju-52 Doppelflügel, or double wing aileron/flap arrangement. If anyone has details on this beauty or its builder, please share!  

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Working Locally with Drones — Developing good PR

Dec 09, 2015 No Comments

Recently, I was asked to use my camera equipped quad copter to help my town document construction being done at our local high school. I live in New Milford, CT and being a fairly small town (population wise) so, when someone saw a facebook page asking for camera drone help, a friend of my wife, who [...]

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Making Strong Wood Splices

Dec 09, 2015 24 Comments

I was sitting under a shade tent at a giant-scale fun fly recently when someone asked me where I got the longer-than-standard-size materials I use to build my big airplanes. I didn’t know what the fellow meant. He told me that his local hobby shop carried only 36-inch lengths of balsa and spruce, and that [...]

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Du-Bro Products Video Factory Tour

Dec 07, 2015 11 Comments

Everyone knows that for quality RC products, Du-Bro is the place to go. From molded fuel tanks and wheels, to hardware and airplane accessories, this “Made in the USA” company, has a tremendous amount of top quality products to offer. Check out this behind the scenes video factory tour showing how some of Du-Bro’s top [...]

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“A date which will live in infamy”

Dec 07, 2015 No Comments

Today, December 7, is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is observed in the United States to honor the victims who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941. This day or remembrance was designated by the United States Congress on August 23, 1994, and includes the tradition of flying the Flag of the [...]

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Monster Red Bull Aerobat

Dec 03, 2015 2 Comments

This 55% Yak really puts on a show at the Headcorn Southern Model Airshow in Kent, UK. Built and piloted by Steve Carr, the model uses a 500cc flat four-cylinder engine that puts out 50 horses, so the big 180-inch-span aerobat has no problem handing on the prop with plenty of power to do vertical [...]

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Spectacular Water Touch & Go goes Wrong!

Dec 03, 2015 17 Comments

This video was filmed at the Scalaria Air Challenge, which was begun as a gathering of seaplane pilots on Lake Wolfgang in Austria. It has become a major airshow event with all sorts of aircraft on display, and its seaplane roots are clearly evident. Anyone who flies in on floats, (or in a flying boat), [...]

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