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I would recommend anyone starting R/C to start with gliders. They fly relatively slow, you can practice flying by hand-launches. You also learn a lot about wing-loading and CG adjusting. Small engines can often be mounted on top.

 1981            
Various gliders at our neighborhood field.   Flying thermals

              
1985: New glider design: Opted for T-tail to avoid damage during landings.   Just released from bungee

                
2003: My experiment with tailless glider. Foam wing, with mylar covering.    Hard to see the orientation in the air.
Flying tailless airplanes is tricky: they tend to "overshoot" a turn. Later-on I added some winglets for more stable flight.

 

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