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Eflite UMX Beast 3D AS3X Review Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2012 23:27


Last weekend I had the opportunity to fly and review the new and improved Micro Beast AS3x from E-flite. I was unable to get as many detailed photos as I usually do, but was still able to push the plane through its paces.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 February 2012 21:49
Hobby Lobby ERC J-5 Cub Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 17:31


The Piper J-5 'Cub Cruiser' was a larger, more powerful version of the basic Piper J-3 Cub. It was designed just two years after the J-3 Cub, and differed by having three seats instead of two, a 75-hp Continental engine and a cruising speed of 85 mph. It was advertised as being a three-seater, but pilots of the Cruiser have said it would be more accurately described as a two-and-a-half-seater, because only a small child would feel comfortable in the third seat. The Cruiser also had a deeper fuselage than the J-3. The Cruiser sold for $1,995 when it was first designed. Only about two hundred remain airworthy today. The Piper Cub is powered by a Lycoming GO-145-C2 four cylinder 75hp engine that propels the plane to a maximum speed of 96 mph, a service ceiling of 10,200ft and a max range of 430 miles.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 04:49
Airfield F6F Hellcat Review Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 October 2011 22:24


The Grumman F6F Hellcat was a carrier-based fighter aircraft developed to replace the earlier F4F Wildcat in United States Navy (USN) service. Although the F6F resembled the Wildcat, it was a completely new design powered by a 2,000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800. Some tagged it as the "Wildcat's big brother". The Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair were the primary USN fighters during the second half of World War II.

The Hellcat was the first USN fighter designed in view of lessons from combat with the Japanese Zero. The Hellcat was credited with destroying 5,271 aircraft while in service with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (5,163 in the Pacific and eight more during the invasion of Southern France, plus 52 with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm during World War II), which was more than any other U.S. naval aircraft. Postwar, the Hellcat was phased out of front line service, but remained in service as late as 1954 as a night fighter. The Hellcat holds a crew of one and is powered by a 2,000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W "Double Wasp" two-row radial engine. The more powerful engine gave the Hellcat a top speed of 380 mph and a service ceiling of 37,300 ft.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2011 23:01
Dynam AT-6 Texan Review Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 03:51


The North American Aviation T-6 Texan was a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1950s. Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. The USAAC designated it as the AT-6, the United States Navy the SNJ, and British Commonwealth air forces, the Harvard, the name it is best known by outside of the United States. The AT-6 can hold a crew of two, both student and instructor. The airplane is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine that produces 600hp. The Texan is capable of a maximum speed of 208 mph with a range of 730 miles and a service ceiling of 24,000 ft.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2012 04:35
Blitz RC Works A-1 Skyraider Review Print E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2011 18:55


The Douglas A-1 Skyraider (formerly AD) was an American single-seat attack aircraft that saw service between the late 1940s and early 1980s. It became a piston-powered, propeller-driven anachronism in the jet age, and was nicknamed "Spad", after a French World War I fighter.  The Skyraider had a remarkably long and successful career and inspired the straight-winged, slow-flying, jet-powered successor, the A-10 Thunderbolt II ("Warthog").

It was operated by the United States Navy (USN), the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and the United States Air Force (USAF), and also saw service with the British Royal Navy, the French Air Force, the Air Force of the Republic of Vietnam (VNAF), and others. The Skyraider carries a crew of one, and is powered by a Wright R-3350-26WA radial engine capable of producing 2,700 hp and pulling the plane through the air at a max speed of 322mph. The Skyraider can carry up to 8,000lbs of ordinance on 15 external hard points. A virtual tank in the air!

Last Updated on Monday, 03 October 2011 22:15

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