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Posted by burkefj | Apr 25, 2021 @ 09:48 PM | 3,154 Views
My longest glide flight yet on the big Aurora Clipper at 2:33 and highest altitude of 1300' recorded with an altus metrum micro peak.
Highpower R/C rocket glider H-13 flight (2 min 57 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Apr 25, 2021 @ 09:47 PM | 3,073 Views
It worked! I was able to re-fit and re-balast my 1/20 YF-12 for an H-13 and got a boost this morning to 1170 feet.
Highpower Rocket YF-12/SR-71 R/C rocket glider using H-motor (1 min 58 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Apr 25, 2021 @ 09:46 PM | 3,052 Views
Four more viper flights this weekend

BSG Colonial Viper R/C rocket glider G motor flights (3 min 56 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Mar 14, 2021 @ 08:25 PM | 10,251 Views
Here are two flights from this weekend at the tri cities, washington, 1180 feet altitude, great weather.

Upscale Orbital Transport R/C glider on H-13 motor (5 min 15 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Feb 03, 2021 @ 01:21 PM | 12,224 Views
Here is some flight video with a 3-d printed nose cone version today.

Altus Micro Peak Altimeter read out 733.5 feet!

Dynasoar Rocketry Buran Russian Shuttle R/C rocket glider (3 min 54 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jan 18, 2021 @ 02:41 PM | 12,671 Views
Posted by burkefj | Jan 07, 2021 @ 02:16 PM | 10,514 Views
She earned her wings today!
Dynasoar Rocketry Space Shuttle R/C rocket glider flights (5 min 8 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Dec 31, 2020 @ 08:48 PM | 14,732 Views
I designed/built this yesterday, a simplified Buran shape, with a slightly enlarged wing, approx 1/72 scale, 18" wingspan, 21" length, 8.2. oz ready to fly using an E-6 longburn Aerotech composite rocket motor.

Russian Buran Shuttle R/C rocket glider flights (5 min 40 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Dec 25, 2020 @ 09:13 AM | 14,112 Views
Believe it or not we opened stockings today and I got some servos and a receiver so I put them quickly to good use. I made a small R/C rocket glider with a 12-in disc wing, bt60 tubing and a mini bertha nose cone. 25" long, 5.25 oz rtf with d2.3 motor. Flew great, nice long glide, didn't need to touch the trims got in two flights right at sunset and then headed home to hand cut some red, black and chrome vinyl trim to finish it off. I really like disk wings.

R/C disk wing mini rocket glider (3 min 17 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Dec 17, 2020 @ 07:53 PM | 15,623 Views
It flew! It doesn't glide very long, but it works, it's cute, it's a viper and no one else has one
Mini R/C BSG Colonial Viper Rocket glider (3 min 8 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Dec 13, 2020 @ 05:30 PM | 15,870 Views
I worked on this yesterday, X-37B inspired, came out nicely, using BT-80 tubing, pnc-80BB cone and 6mm and 3mm depron for surfaces and side plates. I moved the wing back and upsized it for glide and to allow it to function like a delta and have fixed V tail which works better in general than modeling the actual X-37B layout. It goes high and fast, around 800 feet, just below the cloud deck today, fast but nice glide. it's small, 24" long, 2.6" diameter, 18.5" wingspan, about 1 sq foot of wing area, 7.6 oz ready to fly using a 24mm composite Aerotech E-6. It was very roll sensitve, I had to tone down the roll rate to 30%. Looks great in the air and on approach.

X-37 R/C rocket glider flights (6 min 28 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Nov 19, 2020 @ 07:51 PM | 15,532 Views
It's so cute
1/21 scale X-15 R/C rocket glider flights (3 min 35 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Nov 15, 2020 @ 07:55 PM | 15,527 Views
here is another from today on the 17 second burn H-13 motor lofting the 5.66x upscale Orbital Transport glider

Large Orbital Transport R/C glider flying on H-13 longburn motor (2 min 44 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Oct 07, 2020 @ 08:29 PM | 11,366 Views
I listened to an AMA podcast with Hoot Gibson and he was working, among other things, an F-4D, I figured if it was good enough for him it was good enough for me. For some reason even though I'm fascinated by the jets of the 50's and 60's I've never built one. This is made with a 2.6" tube and cone, the new 6mm and 3mm depron being imported, 34" wingspan, 32" length, 10.5 oz ready to fly using a 24mm E-6 long burn composite motor.

F-4D Skyray R/C rocket glider flights (7 min 30 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Sep 27, 2020 @ 08:27 PM | 13,611 Views
This was a flight on the new Aerotech 29mm single use 8" long 17 second burn H-13 motor with a spike off the pad and 3# thrust for the remaining burn time, loaded on the pad this 6' tall glider weighed 32 oz, it was a bit sluggish on boost when going vertical so I let it angle a bit and in order to keep it overhead flew in a corkscrew over the top of myself till burnout at approx 1200 feet.
6' R/C rocket glider flying on 17 second burn H-13 longburn motor (4 min 5 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Sep 21, 2020 @ 04:48 PM | 13,643 Views
I was going through cleaning out my old plans I did back in 2007-2010 which were mostly profiles and I decided to see if I could adapt my F-107 profile to be more of a full fuse design, but use a rocket tube and nose cone to make it simpler. I had to make some concessions to scale appearance but I think it captures the look ok. Length is 36", winspan is 34", weight is 11.25 oz ready to fly using a 24mm Aerotech composite e-6 longburn motor. In this video I still had to finish the vinyl markings on the other half of the plane, but the weather was perfect for a maiden so out it went. These are the first three flights in order, flew beautifully.

F-107 UltraSabre R/C rocket glider flights (4 min 42 sec)