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Posted by Esprit440 | Dec 15, 2011 @ 10:19 PM | 4,751 Views
EDIT: had to find a new link for the original video, and found this while I was looking :

Fighter DET video
Posted by Esprit440 | Nov 16, 2011 @ 10:36 PM | 4,939 Views
Click and drag during the video to change angles, amazing!

Posted by Esprit440 | Nov 06, 2010 @ 10:45 PM | 6,514 Views
Unload Lift Offset Rotor concept from Boeing - very cool.

But it does remind me of something...
Posted by Esprit440 | Oct 13, 2010 @ 11:35 PM | 6,806 Views
P-51s in sloooooow motion... very relaxing.... zzzzzz

P-51's Amazing 600 FPS Slo-Mo Footage (5 min 10 sec)

Posted by Esprit440 | Sep 19, 2010 @ 09:51 PM | 6,281 Views
Well, my EF-16 is wrecked! I was flying downwind to set up for a landing when it pitched down suddenly and stopped responding. Went straight in from about 50 feet at half throttle and made a hell of a thud!

ESC, rx, servos, fan, and battery all work fine after the fact although the latter is pretty banged up - don't think I will use it again.

So, it seems like it was a radio problem which is really sad with a brand new Berg 4L. Never had an issue with one before today.

Maybe because I was flying directly away with the tx and rx antennas parallel? Or some other freak glitch. Probably time to go 2.4 anyway.

Everything behind the LE is in decent repairable condition although the scraps of the forward fuse are pretty badly bent and compressed. Replacement airframe kits are pretty cheap...

Posted by Esprit440 | Sep 13, 2010 @ 11:28 PM | 6,875 Views
Put together a Phase 3 EF-16 with my son over the last few weeks and flew it this weekend.

I had some pretty good jitters since it had been a while since my last flight, but everything went well.

My son - 4 years old - surprised me by requesting some maneuvers he had seen at an airshow this summer. With sound effects and hand gestures, he explained what he wanted. 4 point rolls!

You got it, 1-2-3-4!

He was a very satisfied customer, because after all it's "his" airplane.

The custom camo paint scheme looks nice on the ground but is very hard to see in the air - duh! Have to relearn that one every couple of years.

A few strips of high-vis tape are in order before the next flight.

Posted by Esprit440 | Sep 01, 2010 @ 10:35 PM | 6,722 Views
Just declassified... interesting color scheme.

F-117 First Flight (1 min 16 sec)

Posted by Esprit440 | Sep 01, 2010 @ 10:30 PM | 6,796 Views
Sketchy in every sense of the word...
Posted by Esprit440 | Jun 07, 2010 @ 10:35 PM | 6,503 Views
How long until Hobby Lobby becomes the official distributor of Hobby King products in the U.S.?

Seems inevitable to me, cheap stuff finally meets respectable customer service and vice versa.

Posted by Esprit440 | Jun 03, 2010 @ 09:01 PM | 6,516 Views
May 15, 2009 - cause unknown, pilot was not injured

EDIT: new link
Posted by Esprit440 | May 04, 2010 @ 10:10 PM | 8,155 Views
Boeing recently showed their F/A-XX concept (edit - now NGAD, Next Generation Air Dominance) which is a proposed sixth-generation Super Hornet replacement. It's a tailless design with highly shielded exhausts and very simplified surfaces for reduced signatures. No doubt something very similar to this has flown already at the infamous "operating location near Groom Lake".

Sixth generation aircraft will build on fifth generation technologies seen in the F-22 and F-35 to include things like:

- Directed energy weapons like lasers and high-powered microwaves
- Stealthy data networking
- Cooperative jamming/electronic attack
- Strike/reconnaissance integration
- Hypersonic kinetic munitions
- Embedded distributed sensors
- Tailless, highly stealthy airframes
- Optionally manned, remote crewed operation

Boeing F/A-XX walkaround (0 min 49 sec)

Posted by Esprit440 | Mar 20, 2010 @ 07:39 PM | 7,384 Views
Made some progress on the flat foam speed entry. This will use up some of the colored 5mm foam I have lying around - blue and yellow in this case. Contest rules prohibit laminated parts so the canopy is just a decal. That's easier anyway.

Winspan ~15", loading ~18oz per

Motocalc opinion makes it sound pretty intense. Undivided attention of an expert pilot and all that - I'll have to settle for myself . Top speed will hopefully exceed 100mph.

Posted by Esprit440 | Mar 19, 2010 @ 10:01 PM | 7,469 Views
Posted by Esprit440 | Mar 18, 2010 @ 10:08 PM | 7,265 Views
I have a little free time for building the next couple of weeks.. we'll see what happens.

Posted by Esprit440 | Mar 10, 2010 @ 09:54 PM | 7,361 Views
Stumbled across this site a few days ago while doing some research at work, very interesting:

Can't say I was too surprised. Wonder how they get this data?

Posted by Esprit440 | Jan 07, 2010 @ 08:54 PM | 7,433 Views
Found this on another forum and thought it was an interesting read:


Original idea from United Airlines (Safetyliner)

What makes a pilot "street smart" about flying? By "street smart" we mean:

Awareness of the essential aspects of flying; ability to know where and when to find critical information; ability to detect and compensate for the mistakes of others; ability to avoid the subtle traps and pitfalls found in the flying environment; and ability to complete a 30-year career without any accidents or serious incidents. Thousands of pilots do this each year - complete a very successful 30-year career without a single incident or accident. Is this just luck, or are there specific identifiable reasons for these superb records?

To find the answer to this question, Safetyliner conducted some years ago a telephone survey with selected pilots in the industry. Each pilot had at least 25 years of experience. Our group included pilots from six countries and from airframe manufacturers, NASA test pilots, military pilots, UAL line pilots, Chief Pilots, Fleet Captains and instructors. In each case they posed the following questions, and then let the interviewee respond as he or she saw fit.

1) What, in your opinion, makes a pilot "street smart" about flying?

2) To what do you attribute the fact that you have never had an accident?

3) Will you share with Safetyliner's readers your thoughts,...Continue Reading