New Blackbird: on the boards

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

In 1998, the last SR-71 Blackbird landed for the last time, but there’s reason for celebration: Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works is planning a more advanced version, Blackbird 2.0 if you will. The SR-72 will use a hypersonic engine that combines turbines and ramjets, and Lockheed says it will be TWICE as fast as the original SR-71 [...]

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Happy Halloween for MAN!

Oct 31, 2013 No Comments

It gets scary at the MAN office when Halloween arrives and editor Gerry Yarrish doesn’t get enough candy! With a little Zap glue, a ping pong ball and some TP, Gerry conjured up this hybrid spirit of the night!  

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Swiss “Gimball” takes collisions in stride

Oct 31, 2013 6 Comments

Ever see fly buzz a room, bouncing off windows and walls and somehow continuing on its insect mission? Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have created Gimball to borrow from the insect world. It uses sensors to navigate and its elastic cage and gyroscopically stabilized to bounce back from impacts, stay oriented and continue on [...]

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Drone Search & Rescue

Oct 31, 2013 No Comments

Multi rotors aren’t just useful for spy missions and getting great photography. In this emergency drill, the Roswell Flight Test Crew works with the local fire department in Eugene, Oregon to help save lives. Their mission is to assist firefighters in conducting a Hasty River search in a training scenario: a man floating down the river [...]

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Monster Planes Sneak Peek — Snapshot from the Flightline

Oct 30, 2013 1 Comment

At the Paradise Field flying field in Lakeland, FL lweekend, the 12 O’clock High/Monster Planes RC event was an amazing success. MAN contributor Rich Uravitch was on had to cover the action and we’ll be featuring this great event in the next issue of Model Airplane News. Here are just a few pix from Rich’s [...]

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Remember reed radios?

Oct 30, 2013 32 Comments

Raise your hand if you remember the days of single-channel, escapement RC! According to the poster, “This model uses a 45-year-old radio control system (Futaba F-66) that only controls the rudder using a rubber band powered clockwork mechanism.  The radio has one button which you press in the correct sequence to get right, left , [...]

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Magnificent Waco YMF-5 Biplane — Video Interview

Oct 30, 2013 3 Comments

Mitch Epstien has been building and flying giant scale planes for many years and he has been a successful scale competitor competing at Top Gun for several years. One of Mitch’s favorite airplanes is his 1/3-scale Waco YMF-5 biplane built from the AMR laser-cut kit. Featured on the cover of Model Airplane News (December 2010), [...]

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Mastering Inverted Flight

Oct 30, 2013 1 Comment

Flying inverted can be tricky, but veteran pilot (and full-scale aerobatic instructor) Aaron Ham shows how it’s done in this video, which he made while reviewing the Aeroworks 30cc Ultimate Biplane. One of the most important tricks is to figure out how much forward stick pressure your particular aircraft requires to maintain forward level flight. Check it out! [...]

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