After serving with NASA for nearly four decades, the agency’s YO-3A, an unusual airplane designed to fly silently, recently departed Armstrong Flight Research Center for its new home at the Vietnam Helicopters Museum (VHM) in Concord, California. One of only 11 aircraft of this type built by Lockheed Missiles & Space Company (LMSC) in 1969, the “Quiet Star” had a colorful history.
The YO-3A was easily recognizable by its narrow wings, distinctive bubble canopy, and wide-bladed wooden propeller. The pilot sat in back while the observer occupied the front seat.
Before serving as a civilian research aircraft the YO-3A, seen here in its original livery, provided the Army with covert, nighttime battlefield surveillance capabilities in Southeast Asia.
We are in SOFIA, a converted Boeing 747SP that is the largest airborne observatory in the world. The re-fitters have clearly been busy: gone are the familiar rows of airline seats and overhead bins, ripped out to make room for a multitude of computer monitors – and a German-built 2.5-metre telescope. There are no flight attendants, no movies, no free whisky. I even had to bring my own food.
Ranger uses stun gun on man operating drone over lava lake
Associated Press By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
April 28, 2015 8:57 PM
HONOLULU (AP) — A park ranger used a Taser on a man flying a drone over a lake of lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, then arrested the man in front of several hundred people after telling him that flying an unmanned aircraft at a national park is prohibited.
Crowds have been flocking to an overlook area at the park to watch a steadily rising lava lake at the summit of Kilauea volcano.
Travis Ray Sanders brought his family to the park on Saturday evening to record the lava with his drone and didn't realize the man yelling at him to bring it down was a ranger, he told Hawaii News Now.
"He sounded very angry, confrontational — like he wanted to fight — and I didn't really want to stick around for it so I just told him, 'I don't have ID and I'm leaving," Sanders told the Honolulu news station.
The ranger asked Sanders three times to bring the drone down, and Sanders eventually brought it down, park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane told The Associated Press Tuesday.
"The ranger identified himself and approached the individual, who refused to identify himself," Ferracane said.
Because Sanders fled and was near the edge of the caldera rim — where there's a 500-foot drop — the ranger deployed a Taser, she said.
I have the AS3X brick and two 25mm fan units from UMX MiG-15s and am considering trying my hand at small foam construction. I started making some drawings and experimenting with some foam.
Gloster Meteor DG202/G The econd Whittle-engined aircraft powered by two Rover W2B jet engines, first flown 24 July 1943. One of eight prototypes built. DG202/G was later used for deck handling tests aboard aircraft carrier HMS Pretoria Castle.
The Horten Ho 229 V3 is currently visible to the public inside the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, while staff work to document the aircraft's condition and stabilize its delicate structure.
A rumor is circulating the one of the Eastern States is contemplating a law which would require model flyers to obtain State licenses. This has been prompted, according to the rumor, by increased accidents resulting from the operation of model airplanes.
This from the September, 1957 Flying Models magazine
Reports of modellers losing flying fields are appearing with greater regularity and it is surprising how ' few modellers, or model industry people, know about this problem. This apparent lack of interest stems most likely from the existence of alternate programs which, even though they are inferior to past programs, take the edge off of immediate concern.
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The time has come when modellers must take note that our society has changed, expanded, and advanced. Those of us who remember taking a nickel bus ride (or trolley) to a flying site out in the country, and only 15 minutes from our homes, should take note that this is far from possible today. The so-called country of this era is the fast growing suburban area known as developments. An hour trip in metropolitan areas will place today's modeller in the heart of someone's backyard.
GREEN shading indicates a scaled plan is available in the RCM Plans Free Thread at RCGroups (column headings are hyperlinks). The number(s) indicates the Post number(s) where plans, articles, and unscaled images. Dark Green is used for the RCM Plans thread.
YELLOW shading indicates the possibility of error or is an indication of actions not yet taken.
WHITE, an unshaded row indicates there is currently no information in OZ, on the RCGroups threads, or in J. Hatton's Blog. Post numbers marked with a star '*' indicate the presence of an unscaled plan. post numbers marked with the letter 'a' indicate that only an article is present.
SAND BROWN shading indicates a post number on hlsat/Elijah's blog HERE that contains a scaled plan.
Some plans appeared in the magazine without becoming part of the products offered by the plans service. Those plans have artificial plan numbers, beginning with 9000. When known, the issue month and year are recorded in the notes field.
Here is an opinion article from the April, 1957 issue of Flying Models.
Many model builders are bemoaning the apparent fact that the model industry has deserted them for the lure of big money in the field of powered toys and shelf models. A dissident chord simultaneously arises from manufacturers who decry the popularity of modelling and point out that interest is on the wane. It appears in this quarter that the truth lies somewhere between these two extremes.
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For all of this, it appears that there is a big market for built-up models and that more smaller firms are finding it a profitable field. The larger firms, those which built up over the years, have expanded beyond the market capacity. All of this infers a settling toward two types of markets - one dealing with high production items and the second dealing with quality flying model aircraft.
Here are all the 3-views I've found in Model Builder magazine, with the issus and page number.
MODEL NAME DESIGNER DATE PAGE SPAN CONTROL
1910 NIEUPORT MONOPLANE HANNAN Aug-80 68 NA 3V
1912 BLACKBURN MONOPLANE OSBORNE Dec-72 25 NA 3V
1912 BLACKBURN MONOPLANE Unk Mar-82 61 NA 3V
1918 HEATH MODEL 2B MOONEY May-81 25 NA 3V
1935 WOLF Unk Feb-80 29 NA 3V
AERO A.100 Unk Dec-75 17 NA 3V
AIR-1 SOVIET SPORTS PLANE Unk Dec-85 63 NA 3V
ALBATROSS Unk Dec-86 36 NA 3V
ALCO SPORTPLANE Unk Oct-91 76 NA 3V
AMERICAN EAGLE A-129 OSBORNE Dec-74 24 NA 3V
AMERICAN EAGLE B-31 EAGLET Unk Feb-76 42 NA 3V
ANDREASSON KZ VIII MOONEY Jan-73 25 NA 3V
ARMSTRONG-WHITWORTH XVI Unk Jul-73 61 NA 3V
ART CHESTER JEEP Unk Jul-72 15 NA 3V
ASTRO FLIGHT MODEL 7271 Unk Aug-73 4 NA 3V
AS-W17 SAILPLANE Unk Jun-73 16 NA 3V
AVIA B-332 Unk Dec-87 28 NA 3V
AVIA B-442 Unk Sep-89 52 NA 3V
AVIA B-534 SERIES 2 WESTBURG Jul-76 21 NA 3V
AVIA B-534 SERIES 2 WESTBURG Oct-83 44 NA 3V
AVIA BA.122 Unk Mar-83 66 NA 3V
AVIA BH-3 Unk Mar-88 52 NA 3V
AVRO SPIDER Unk May-88 52 NA 3V
BE 60 BESTIOLA Unk Apr-81 63 NA 3V
BEACHEY MONOPLANE CLAY Oct-84 36 NA 3V
BERLINER JOYCE P-16 PART 1 WESTBURG Mar-78 36 NA 3V
BERLINER JOYCE P-16 PART 2 WESTBURG Apr-78 50 NA 3V
BLANIK L-13 Unk Jul-74 25 NA 3V
BLECHA Unk Sep-75 56 NA 3V
BOEING F3B-1 JOHNSON May-85 52 NA 3V
BOEING F4B-3 & 4 PART 1 WESTBURG Nov-79 27 NA 3V
BOEING F4B-3 & 4 PART 2 WESTBURG Dec-79 29 NA 3V
BOEING F4B-3 & 4 PART 3 WESTBURG Jan-80 25...Continue Reading
I'm going to exploiting some old, old magazines bequeathed to me by the man "down the road" who introduced me to the hobby in my youth. I'm starting with Flying Models because that was the closest box.
I will use this thread to post them, rather than the more open places, because I will exercise strict control over postings. Please expect postings to be deleted after I read them. If you wish to carry on a conversation, please use private messages.
I'm tackling the magazines chronologically and will sometimes take the time to clean and scale the drawings, but no promises. If anyone wants an individual article converted to image files, such as JPGs, or want a particular article scaled and cleaned, please let me know and I will edit the post to include them.
I will post the articles and plans in a somewhat haphazard manner, as fits my fancy. Some of the plans, in the early posts, are duplicates of those placed on other threads. I posted them while I was working out my methodology.
When you see a file name containing the word "raw" it means I have not modified the scan. Likewise, the word "opt" indicates I had to use compression to get the plan under 3 MB. When I feel the plan is interesting enough, or that the plan will need much enlargement to be useful, I will zip (compress) the file and post the larger raw article in the "zip file."
Many times, I will have a higher resolution image... PM me an email address for a direct send. Include the name as I use in the posts.
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Rework and Repair List (so I do not forget)
Post 316 - Clarify plan images. include a parts sheet (in the article) in the posted images.
Post 333 - one of the plan pages is skewed. locate the magazine and rescan article.
To mark the centenary of the formation of 17 Squadron a unique line up of aircraft was assembled at Edwards Air Force Base, California; a Sopwith Camel (replica), Supermarine Spitfire XIV and Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II, three of the types flown by the Squadron during the past 100 years. -- from the RAF FB page