Found these old photos of the first Raptor 30 I flew circa 2003. Back when we could get 20 minutes of flight on one tank…remember those days? Yes, those are real wooden blades….an OS .30 engine, a remote glow plug attachment, a gigantic gyro and full mechanical linkages/mixing, oh and don’t forget the milk carton plastic canopy that you couldn’t paint…. Totally old school but oddly, you’ll notice that many of TT’s designs are still in use today like the belt drive and general head design (for flybars). Enjoy.
reported by one of my fav blogs MIC- China has a new UAV helicopter that has finished testing. Looks like something from Enstrom or even Dragon Fly. Supposed to be all original though…
Lockheed did it. An unmanned helicopter. A K-MAX at that. Sweeeeet! Now if I could just get my models to be autonomous too…
Gizmodo has the story as usual here.
The genius behind helicopters like the Kaman HH-43 Huskie died at the age of 91. Here’s the story.
Sikorsky is now letting engineers look at the soon to be built CH-53K in a virtual reality environment to make sure it’s serviceable and that things fit. How cool! Story here. Never mind that this update to the CH-53 line increases payload in about the same footprint.
45th Infantry Division Museum has a nice outdoor display of helicopters. Seems they were damaged by local weather-