Link of the Month Index
August 2015 - September 2017
August 26, 2015
Sep 19, 2015
December 6, 2015
This is a fascinating video on YouTube! I can understand why people get into this. But it's probably stuff like this that got the FAA Rattled.
Guinness World Record for the Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously to the music of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
Get all the data on this full size Russian aerobatic aircraft. Used for flight training and aerobatic competitions.
YouTube video of a cool Radio Controlled FPV Mower. He can mow the lawn from comfort of his porch!
YouTube video of a lawyer discussing the government's case against a man for flying his UAV in Virginia.
YouTube video from Flying Giants shows some of the great flying we saw at Joe Nall 2016
Wikipedia page on the F-104. Great history of the jet that first served with the USAF in 1958. (It was also the first plastic model airplane that I ever built, so it brings back fond memories.)
Political intrigue, scandals, world records, and it's German nickname, "Witwenmacher " ("The Widowmaker) make for an interesting read!
Top Gun 2016 Compilation
Frank Tiano Top Gun Competition in Lakeland Florida, April 27 - May 1, 2016
Check out the video at 2:25 for the Starfighter roll-out in this YouTube compilation. Great flying demo!
Two for the Price of One!
They are an American Business that produces RC Wing Bags, prop covers, and other items for your RC boat, car or quad.
They can make you a custom made RC wing bag or cover for optimum protection during transportation. You can email Roy Frey at:
Wikipedia page on the Beaver. Read the story about this legendary bush plane from Canada. The story starts just after World War II. Though no longer produced, you can still it flying up north. Even the US Air Force Auxilliary (Civil Air Patrol) still has 9 of them flying.
This is a 2 Brothers YouTube review of Flyzone's smaller version of the current plane of the week.
From 2012, but they're still selling loads of 'em. If you are at all interested, this video is for you.
Another Two for the Price of One!
Amazing plane! In November 1999 Canada even minted a Quarter celebrating the 'Airplane that Opens the North'.
York gives us the rundown on the Laser Z-200 and how it influenced a new generation of aerobatic aircraft, the monoplane.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum at the Dallas Love Field also has some great info on this plane flown by the great Leo Loudenslager and how it unseated the venerable Pitts Special in aerobatic competition. They have one on display in the museum.
I think these videos go a ways beyond what the FAA allows, but nevertheless, the video is stunning:
YouTube Video from DJI's Phantom 4
This is a fascinating concept. It's like the product of mating a multirotor with a flying wing. Watch how one pilot take off from the back of his SUV (probably not recommended). How many planes do you see that can fly backwards?!
The State, our newspaper in Columbia, SC, printed a very interesting article on the commercial applications of the use of multirotor aircraft and their camera/video capabilities. Written by Jeff Wilkinson.
Mr Wright has put together a great web page explaining the first total eclipse visible in the United States in 38 years. He breaks down the science, so that those of us that are NOT rocket scientists can understand.
In August 1943, a group of twenty-seven young men under the leadership of Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (who was later awarded the Medal of Honor) were joined together to form the original "Blacksheep" of VMF-214.
The Northrop (later Northrop Grumman) B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy penetration strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two.
Henry Ford and 19 others (including his son Edsel) invested in the Stout Metal Airplane Company, turning their efforts to the aviation industry. Using some of the innovations of Ford's assembly line systems, they set out to build the "safest airliner around" .
"The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy's Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program after the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American teen-series fighters, which were designed incorporating air combat experience against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War."
This guy will take-off and land on the water several times, showing good technique off the water.
Some of the comments seem aimed at beginners, but the advice seems sound.
A little too much wind noise, but not enough to ruin the video
The plane is hanging at the Air and Space museum at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Leo won 7 strait U.S. National Aerobatic Championship titles between 1975 and 1982 in this modified Stephens Acro.
The plane "heavily influenced the look and performance of the next generation of aerobatic aircraft".
My friend, Dave Kennedy, and I took a trip to Fairbanks to view the Northern Lights.
Having to find some day-time entertainment, we visited museums featuring Dog Sledding, history of Alaska at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, beautiful automobiles, and the Pioneer Air Museum.
Though closed for the season, they let us in for a peek. A lot of aviation history in a relatively small space.
Homebuilt airplanes and even a homebuilt helicopter, a UH-1H, a couple of beautiful Stinsons, and the ubiquitous Cub (the Bakeng Duce) are on display, as well as Carlos's Flying Saucer (a hovercraft built by Carlos Welding in 1987).
Quite a bit of information on WWII aircraft flown from Fairbanks and military airfields, to include a P-38 on Skis!
My friend, Dave Kennedy, sent me the link to the Video of the Month. This video showed how a group of volunteers restored this historic WWII bomber (also used in the Korean War). It was the most technologically sophisticated bomber of its time.
Named the Superfortress, it was a direct descendant of Boeings's B-17 Flying Fortress.
The bomber could reach speeds of 350 mph and altitudes of almost 32,000 feet (its best defense).
Though retired in 2016 in the US, it still gives me goose bumps when I see one in a museum or on the RC flight line.
This Mach 2+ fighter played an important role in the Vietnam War and was still a major part of the US military in the 70's and 80's. It even saw service in the first Gulf War.
Over 5000 of these jets were built, making it the most produced American supersonic military aircraft.