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.
Check Wikipedia for the fascinating story of the first jet powered flying wing, built by the Germans in WWII.
During the final stages of the war, the US initiated operation Paperclip, to seize advanced German weaponry to keep it out of the advancing Soviets' hands.
It was claimed to be one of the first aircraft to have stealth technology and was probably the inspiration behind the Northrop-Grumman B-2.
Nall in the Fall registration opened up on July 4th.
Though this spring's Nall was rained out (first time in 37 years), you now have the opportunity to experience the hospitality of the Triple Tree guys with their brand new Nall in the Fall (replaces E-Week).
They have even taken steps to improve the bad weather advisories and camper safety.
9 AM Pilots meeting daily
Controlled flying 9 AM to 6 PM daily
Main (Classic Flight Line) for the large ones
3D Line for Giant Scale
Electric Park Flyer Line
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Ever wonder how this all got started?
Did you know there were remote controlled aircraft in the 19th century?
Or that in WWII, the US Army and Navy used Radioplanes as artillery drones? The photo above is a photo from 1927 from the RAE of a cordite fired catapult launched monoplane.
This is a pretty extensive discussion about our hobby. If you're an "old hand" or a "newby" to RC flying, it makes interesting reading.
"The North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is an American twin-turboprop light attack and observation aircraft. It was developed in the 1960s as a special aircraft for counter-insurgency (COIN) combat, and one of its primary missions was as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft. It could carry up to three tons of external munitions, internal loads such as paratroopers or stretchers, and could loiter for three or more hours. "
High discharge RoaringTop batteries with Deans and EC3 or EC5 connectors. Recommended by James
My favorite place to find a battery. Fast delivery and long battery life are a plus! Anywhere from a 1 cell to 6 cell with a variety of connectors.
Mostly XT-60 and 90 connectors, but the cost is within my budget and performance has been more than acceptable. Great search function!
Admiral batteries with a variety of connectors. Walt recommends them for his smaller electric RC Extreme Flight plane and Avanti EDF Jet.
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"Part of a new generation of acrobatic aircraft from the Yakovlev design bureau which has a long line of aircraft designs since 1937 with the UT-2/AIR-10, the Yak-54 is a development of the single-seat Yak-55M, designed by Chief Constructor Dmitry Drach and Lead Engineer Vladimir Popov. It first flew 23 December 1993. "
"The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) T-45 Goshawk is a highly modified version of the British BAE Systems Hawk land-based training jet aircraft. Manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and British Aerospace (now BAE Systems), the T-45 is used by the United States Navy as an aircraft carrier-capable trainer. . "
"An interesting new article about detailing NASA's plan to begin testing urban drone traffic management in two US cities."
Great photos from March 23rd Event in Lakeland, Florida.
A pioneer racing plane from the Golden Age, it was the only airplane designed for the specific purpose of winning the Bendix Trophy, which it won!
Built before and during WWII, this German liaison aircraft (today we call it forward air control) was also produced in other countries into the 1950's for the private market. It had excellent STOL capabilities and a very low stall speed. It excelled on rough and uneven runways.
A vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft is one that can hover, take off, and land vertically.
Wikipedia does a great job discussing the theory and history of these aircraft.
First produced in 1949, by Piper Aircraft, this successor to the J-3 Cub. Over 9000 PA-18's have been built
Wikipedia discusses the history, design and development, and specifications of this iconic aircraft.
The Blue Ridge Radio Control Club, as noted above, is holding a charity fun fly, with the Marine Corp's annual program to bring toys to the needy as the benefactor.
This program has been going since 1947 and given toys to over 250 million children since.
Donations may be made online, in Memory or Honor of an individual, donate toys directly to a local organization, such as the BRRC, or by mail.
Check out the site (click the title above) for more information.
"The prototype Panther, piloted by test pilot Corky Meyer, first flew on 21 November 1947.
Apps for both iOS and Android platforms.
"AirMap informs pilots of rules they are following or may be violating with each flight plan. Get approved to fly in controlled airspace in seconds with automated airspace authorization."
We're going to put a few photos and small videos on Instagram weekly. Click above for the link. Check back often.
Great Servos at a Great Price!
1986 design roughly based on the YMF, built by WACO Classic Aircraft"
The Air Force marked the 116th anniversary of the Dec. 17, 1903, Wright brothers flight at Kitty Hawk by issuing a request for information (RFI) aimed at helping foster a new powered flight revolution — electric or hybrid electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft — eventually self-flying.
While searching for Waco Parts, I came upon this new gadget. This flight controller for fixed wing RC aircraft provides some drone-like features, such as Return Home, with some telemetry information, such as altitude, speed, distance, and flight information.
It works with S.Bus and DSMX and DSM2 receivers. Cost $97.99.
"The Sukhoi Su-30 ( NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) is a twin-engine, two-seat supermaneuverable fighter aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by Russia's Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. It is a multi-role fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions.
"A short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft has short runway requirements for takeoff and landing. Many STOL-designed aircraft also feature various arrangements for use on runways with harsh conditions (such as high altitude or ice). STOL aircraft, including those used in scheduled passenger airline operations, have also been operated from STOLport airfields which feature short runways."