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Giant F-14 Swing-Wing’s First Flight

Giant F-14 Swing-Wing’s First Flight

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 […]
America the Beautiful: A Drone’s Eye View

America the Beautiful: A Drone’s Eye View

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 […]
Fun in the snow

Fun in the snow

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.
Renault’s new concept car comes with a quad!

Renault’s new concept car comes with a quad!

Just unveiled at the Dehli Auto Show, the Renault Kwid’s “Flying Companion” is stored in the car’s roof and will allow drivers to avoid traffic jams, find parking spots, and use GPS to scout locations. A built-in screen in the dash allows the driver or passenger to control it and see live video. We just […]
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Super-detailed Dauntless

Super-detailed Dauntless

At the AMA Expo last weekend, we were blown away by this SBD Dauntless in the static competition. Built by Frank Harris from Jerry Bates plans, the 85-inch-span model is powered by a Saito twin 57 gas engine and has Robart retracts, a handmade cockpit and numerous scale additions. The fantastic detail on this warbird earned it an […]
Scale “Samson” from the Avatar movie

Scale “Samson” from the Avatar movie

When Ralph Kayser saw the science fiction movie “Avatar,” he knew he had to try and build one of the high-tech aircraft that were featured in it. The result is this 33-inch-long Samson, which features Ralph homemade molded part and RC helicopter equipment. Ralph powers it with two Dymond AL 3530 motors on a 3S 2100mAh LiPo for 4-minute […]
It’s a truck … it’s an octocopter … it’s the Black Knight Transformer!

It’s a truck … it’s an octocopter … it’s the Black Knight Transformer!

Yes, this real, and yes, it has flown (using four of its eight motors). Advanced Tactics of El Segundo, California, has created this rolling, flying VTOL aircraft capable of unmanned, autonomous operations. They call it, “The world’s first roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft that’s capable of landing close to where it’s needed, then driving the […]
60% Bucker Jungmeister

60% Bucker Jungmeister

Wolfgang Rossegger’s 60% scale “Liesel Bach” is a scratch-built project that’s powered by a Moki 400cc engine. The 13-foot-span model weighs around 138 pounds.  This great video combines a picture perfect flight with footage taken from the plane’s wing; thanks to RCGiantScalePlanes for posting this on YouTube. You may notice a “knocking” sound from the engine at […]
AirMule: Flying Tank of the Future?

AirMule: Flying Tank of the Future?

We’ve never seen an air vehicle that looks like this! Reminiscent of something from the Batman movies, AirMule is the creation of Israel’s Tactical Robotics Inc., and it can fly by remote control or using autonomous control. Internal rotor blades allow this unusual aircraft to land in small and uneven areas, so it can evacuate […]
Doctor Who’s “TARDIS” takes flight

Doctor Who’s “TARDIS” takes flight

Check out this life-size Doctor Who flying TARDIS, build, flown and filmed by Flyonix.com to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. (A Tardis is a “Time and Relative Dimension In Space” time machine and spacecraft piloted by the show’s hero.) Videotaped on its maiden, transition to forward flight is interesting to say the least, but this creative flyer gets two […]
Georgia Model Aviators featured on PBS

Georgia Model Aviators featured on PBS

This must-watch video about the Georgia Model Aviators includes Model Airplane News contributors Jerry Smith and Pedro Sanchez! Atlanta’s PBS station, PBA30,  did a wonderful job  of showcasing what RC airplanes are all about, from ARFs to scale scratch-building, flying and even new technology like multi-rotors, First Person View and flight simulators. The club members were […]
Best of 2013: Top 13 Stories

Best of 2013: Top 13 Stories

It’s time for the top posts of the year! Here, in descending order, are the top newsletter stories from 2013, according to number of views each had. Missed one? Just click on the photo or title to go to the original post.  And as we send the last newsletter of 2013, we want to thank […]
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