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Posted by davidterrell80 | Sep 20, 2021 @ 09:47 PM | 12,629 Views
My first assembled-myself and not bought second-hand RC plane was a Great Planes Trainer .40 in the early 1980s. I eventually "re-kitted" the plane--accidentally--and have kept most of the balsa all of these years. I've made it a point to use a bit of it in every plane I've built since then, about 50, I suppose. Even my foamys get a balsa gusset, some hinge reinforcement, or a bulkhead doubler from the old Trainer.

Silly, I suppose... but memories are worth the saving.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Mar 30, 2020 @ 08:28 PM | 11,764 Views

"Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. Intelligence Community began work on an experimental ultra-quiet, high-efficiency reconnaissance drone with an advanced hybrid-electric propulsion system. Very limited details about this secretive project, known as Great Horned Owl, have emerged since then. Now, The War Zone can share previously unseen schematics and other details about the resulting stealthy flying-wing-shaped unmanned aircraft called the XRQ-72A, which Scaled Composites, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman well known for producing advanced aircraft designs, developed.

"The War Zone obtained the information via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) supported the Great Horned Owl program, which the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) first disclosed in 2011. IARPA is one of the Intelligence Community's top research and development arms and answers to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It's not clear which intelligence agency or agencies may have had requirements that led to the Great Horned Owl effort, but the CIA has operated a variety of drones with a wide range of capabilities over the years to conduct various missions."
Posted by davidterrell80 | Sep 22, 2019 @ 04:36 PM | 9,172 Views
Public Safety Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Free Online Course
Nov. 18 - Dec. 1, 2019

Embry-Riddle Worldwide offers MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) to anyone with an Internet connection and a desire to learn about aviation. And they are free! Future MOOCs will be announced as scheduled.

This two-week MOOC covers key concepts related to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) as applied to the Public Safety (PS) sector (Law Enforcement, Fire, Search, and Rescue), including basic types, characteristics, applications, and current and future use.

Posted by davidterrell80 | Nov 20, 2018 @ 12:29 AM | 36,552 Views
Vol 1 (OCT 1963 - NOV 1964)

I've been collecting the RCM Plans. I thought here to create an archive of the covers....Continue Reading
Posted by davidterrell80 | Dec 12, 2017 @ 10:51 AM | 28,537 Views
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS): Key Concepts forNew Users

From Jan. 22 to Feb. 4, Embry-Riddle Worldwide will offera free, two-week course on drone operation. Registration opened yesterday.


Posted by davidterrell80 | Nov 24, 2017 @ 09:53 AM | 29,156 Views
Here we go again, a document purporting to be from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations SAC Intelligence Program Los Angeles dated the 9th of August 2017...

Posted by davidterrell80 | Nov 08, 2017 @ 08:54 PM | 27,880 Views
R.A. "Bob" Hoover flew his Ole Yeller in about 1964, at my first airshow. I shook his hand, a little kid ... and I never forgot him.

He seemed to always be there as I grew into my own career in aviation, making good memories for me. I saw him several more times before his health finally grounded him. The last time I saw him was at the Udvar-Hazy center in 2003, and I shook his hand.

He passed two years ago, and in an attempt to keep my memories alive a bit longer, I just converted my E-Flite "Dallas Doll" into one of the incarnations of "Ole Yeller".

I couldn't bring myself to put a pilot in the cockpit. it seemed a little wrong. My memory will fill the empty space... until we meet again... at the Master's Feet.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Oct 09, 2017 @ 07:48 PM | 29,005 Views
At a time when radio control is attracting more and more adult members of our society to its ranks - a great majority of them non-modelers - when this hobby is growing by leaps and bounds, it is time for a reevaluation of the directions we are taking and the goals we hope to attain. In a current issue of one of the national model magazines, the Builder of the Model Rule is upheld and defended - a ruling which has not only served as a tremendous deterrent to this hobby, but one which has severely discouraged many would-be contestants from entering active local or national competition. We had hoped that this ruling would have died by its own inherent decadence.

It is not expected of a general model publication to keep its finger continually on the pulse of any one specialized phase of model aviation - but to champion a cause such as this not only insults the intelligence and integrity of the adult modeler, but provides a disservice to this largest single segment of model aviation. It is all right to be nostalgically reminiscent of the "good old days," but to actively campaign for a return to the gas tube era does little good for anyone concerned. In order that this recent flailing of a rubber sword in defense of a dying dragon may not be construed as representative of the thinking of the entire RC fraternity, we present the following editorial, "Whither The Sport," written for RCM by this month's guest editorialist and active RC'er, Robert C. Lien, M.D.,...Continue Reading
Posted by davidterrell80 | Sep 25, 2017 @ 05:24 PM | 196,129 Views
Welcome to the "Dewey Collection".

Everything you see below is a result of one man's idea... to create an honest forum for the then-new hobby of building and operating radio-controlled models. He was smart, skilled, and just as human as any of us. His dream eventually saw the publication of over 1,200 various plans in RCM Magazine. Once, I calculated the span and length of each fixed wing aircraft plan to give me an approximate footprint for that plane. Then I summed the areas of all the models together. The resulting area, needed to hold one of each plane without any overlap, was just larger than an American professional football field, including the end-zones.

I intend this to be a history and a collection of the plans published by the now defunct RCM Magazine. It is a story, and a body of work, that is worth preserving--and was at risk of being forgotten. My late Father, the US Navy Chief Petty Officer, taught me that the person who sees a "task undone" should not leave the task to someone else. I will try to see this task done.

For each issue and special publication, I will work to provide an image of the cover, the table of contents, and the text of any editorial or other commentary. I will also work to find, restore, or create a ready-to-print PDF of each construction plan, along with any accompanying article. Once that is done, I will begin to include some of the articles--but I do not plan to recreate every issue. I will focus on those...Continue Reading
Posted by davidterrell80 | Aug 14, 2016 @ 06:59 PM | 33,047 Views
General Aircraft Skyfarer

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Posted by davidterrell80 | May 28, 2016 @ 02:32 PM | 34,986 Views
Many older planes whose plans were featured in RCM Magazine used the commercially available "Ace Foam Wing". The articles never stated the wing span.

Here is some information from a person who provides the wing cores on E-Bay

I'm not sure if this fits, but a fellow on E-Bay makes "Ace Wing Cores"

The span is 35-inches

These Ace Mini Foam Wing Cores are our version of the original.
These are not molded wings like the original, but hot wired out of virgin white bead foam.
The wing span is 35" with a wing area of 166.25 sq. in.
The root is 5.5 and tip is 4"
The airfoil is the same as the original a 17% Semi - Symmetrical.
These wings are a Taper with the taper at the T.E., L.E. is straight.
They are designed for small r/c planes from .010 to .049.
Weight of the cores is .8 oz.

Constant Chord
These Ace Mini Foam Wing Cores are our version of the original.
These are not molded wings like the original, but hot wired out of virgin white bead foam.
The wing span is 35" with a wing area of 192.5 sq. in.
The cord is 5.5".
The airfoil is the same as the original a 17% Semi - Symmetrical.
These wings are a constant cord.
They are designed for small r/c planes from .010 to .049.
Weight of the cores is 1.2 oz.
Plans in the RCM corpus that used Ace wings include:
UPSTART pl-459
ALL STAR pl-499
WHIZARD pl-547
HOT DAWG pl-561
RCM QUICKIE 200 pl-603
HALF-A-CHAOS pl-607a
HALF-A-STICK pl-607b
TU BEE pl-799
TALON pl-1000
CRICKET pl-1069
SIMPLE CAP pl-1156

Many of the plans and articles are preserved in the RCM project some have bee working on. The index to the effort is located HERE.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Apr 30, 2016 @ 02:21 AM | 34,717 Views
Zeitschrift für Flugtechnik und Motorluftschiffahrt.

Posted by davidterrell80 | Aug 31, 2015 @ 07:38 AM | 36,669 Views

"The first all-metal commercial plane—Junkers F13—took its inaugural flight in 1919 and revolutionized travel. Lightweight and able to fly long distances, the single-engine six-seater was considered an “air limousine” by businessmen and wealthy vacationers."

OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.rimowa-f13.com/#home

Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 20, 2015 @ 08:13 PM | 36,682 Views
In the Scale Drawing and 3-views forum, I have a sticky thread containing my research into the contents of the Flight Magazine Archive.

This zip contains a backup of the current data files (1909-1974).
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 11, 2015 @ 11:22 PM | 36,338 Views

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.

Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 02, 2015 @ 08:30 PM | 36,078 Views

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.