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Dynam SU-26m Sukhoi RC Airplane Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 23:24

History

The Sukhoi Su-26 is a single-seater aerobatics plane from the former Soviet Union, powered by a single radial reciprocating engine. The Su-26 has mid-mounted straight wings and fixed landing gear, the main gear mounted on a solid titanium arc.

The Sukhoi Su-26 made its first flight in June 1984, the original four having a two-bladed prop. The production switched to the Su-26M, with refined tail surfaces and a German-made MTV-9 3-blade composite propeller. Further refinements were made, and the model won both the men's and women's team prizes at the 1986 World Aerobatics Championships. The modified Su-26M3 with the new M9F 430-hp engine dominated the 2003 and 2005 Aerobatic World Championships as well as the 2004 European Championships. The Sukhoi carries a crew of one and has a max takeoff weight of 2,653lbs. The radial engine is capable of pushing the Sukhoi to max speed of 281 mph and service ceiling of 12,120 ft.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 May 2012 16:55
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E-Flite Hawker Hurricane Review Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:46

History

The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Although largely overshadowed by the Supermarine Spitfire, the aircraft became renowned during the Battle of Britain, accounting for 60% of the RAF's air victories in the battle, and served in all the major theatres of the Second World War.


The 1930s design evolved through several versions and adaptations, resulting in a series of aircraft which acted as interceptor-fighters, fighter-bombers (also called "Hurribombers"), and ground support aircraft. Further versions known as the Sea Hurricane had modifications which enabled operation from ships. Some were converted as catapult-launched convoy escorts, known as "Hurricats". More than 14,000 Hurricanes were built by the end of 1944 (including about 1,200 converted to Sea Hurricanes and some 1,400 built in Canada by the Canada Car and Foundry). The Hurricane was powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin V-12 that produced 1,185hp and propelled the plane to 340mph. The service ceiling was 36,000 feet with a range of 600 miles.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:14
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E-Flite UMX Gee Bee R2 Review Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 19:57

History

The Gee Bee Model R Super Sportster was a special purpose racing aircraft made by Granville Brothers Aircraft of Springfield, Massachusetts. Gee Bee stands for Granville Brothers.

The 1932 R-1 and its sister plane, the R-2, were the successors of the previous year's Thompson Trophy-winning Model Z. Assistant Chief Engineer Howell "Pete" Miller and Zantford "Granny" Granville spent three days of wind tunnel testing at NYU with aeronautical engineering professor Alexander Klemin. The aircraft had a very peculiar design. Granville reasoned that a teardrop-shaped fuselage would have lower drag than a straight-tapered one, so the fuselage was wider than the engine at its widest point (at the wing attachment point). The cockpit was located very far aft, just in front of the vertical stabilizer, in order to give the racing pilot better vision while making crowded pylon turns. In addition, it turned out that the fuselage acted as an airfoil, just like the 'lifting-body' designs of the 1960s. This allowed the aircraft to make tight "knife-edge" turns without losing altitude. It was, in effect, a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 engine with wings and a tail on it. The Gee Bee was powered by an 800hp Pratt & Whitney engine that produced a maximum speed of 294 mph with a cruise speed of 260mph. The Gee Bee's range was 925 miles.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 23:47
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E-Flite UMX Hyper Taxi Review Print E-mail
Monday, 20 February 2012 22:25

Intro

I wasn’t sure what to think when I saw the Hyper Taxi in the store. I didn’t know if it was a bird, plane or helicopter. I didn’t think much of it until the Hobby Shop owner tried to fly it around. The little craft looked like a handful even with the AS3x technology keeping everything smooth. After watching him hover the plane I knew I had to review the Hyper Taxi and see what it was all about.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2012 22:53
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Parkzone Icon A5 Review Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 01:38

History

The A5 is a high-wing flying boat-type amphibious monoplane with a carbon fiber airframe and retractable undercarriage. It seats two people in an enclosed cockpit and is powered by a single 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912 ULS engine driving a three-bladed pusher propeller. The Rotax engine can push the Icon to a max speed of 120 mph with a max takeoff weight of 1,430lbs. The A5 has a max range of 300 nautical miles. Sponsons provide hydrodynamic stability and act as a step for crew and passenger. The wings can be folded aft for ground transport and storage. Equipment includes an angle of attack indicator, an unusual feature in general aviation aircraft. An airframe ballistic parachute is optional.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 20:19
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