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Nitroplanes Airfield Sky Trainer 182 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 19:46

History

The Cessna 182 Skylane is an American four-seat, single-engine, light airplane, built by Cessna of Wichita, Kansas. It has the option of adding two child seats, installed in the baggage area (where kids belong). Introduced in 1956, the 182 has been produced in a number of variants, including a version with retractable landing gear, and is the second most popular Cessna model, after the 172. The Cessna 182 is an all-metal (mostly aluminum alloy) aircraft, although some parts – such as engine cowling nose bowl and wingtips – are made of fiberglass or thermoplastic material. Its wing has the same plan form as the smaller Cessna 172 and the larger 205/206 series; however, some wing details such as flap and aileron design are the same as the 172 and are not like the 205/206 components. The 182 features a crew of one with the capacity to carry up to 3 passengers. The plane is powered by a Lycoming IO-540-AB1A5 motor that produces 230hp and has a maximum speed of 201 mph with a service ceiling of 18,100.


Last Updated on Friday, 17 June 2011 22:09
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Nitroplanes Airfield Ju-87 Stuka Review Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 April 2011 21:58

History

The Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (from Sturzkampfflugzeug, "dive bomber") was a two-seat (pilot and rear gunner) German ground-attack aircraft. Designed by Hermann Pohlmann, the Stuka first flew in 1935 and made its combat debut in 1936 as part of the Luftwaffe's Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War.

The aircraft was easily recognizable by its inverted gull wings, fixed spatted undercarriage and its infamous Jericho-Trompete ("Jericho Trumpet") wailing siren, becoming the propaganda symbol of German air power and the Blitzkrieg victories of 1939–1942. The Stuka's design included several innovative features, including automatic pull-up dive brakes under both wings to ensure that the aircraft recovered from its attack dive even if the pilot blacked out from the high acceleration. Although sturdy, accurate, and very effective, the Ju 87 was vulnerable to modern fighter aircraft, like many other dive bombers of the war. Its flaws became apparent during the Battle of Britain; poor maneuverability, lack of speed and defensive armament meant that the Stuka required heavy fighter escort to operate effectively.

The Stuka operated with further success after the Battle of Britain, and its potency as a precision ground-attack aircraft became valuable to German forces in the Balkans Campaign, the African and Mediterranean Theaters and the early stages of the Eastern Front campaigns where Allied fighter resistance was disorganized and in short supply. Once the Luftwaffe had lost air superiority on all fronts, the Ju 87 once again became an easy target for enemy fighter aircraft. In spite of this, because there was no better replacement, the type continued to be produced until 1944. By the end of the conflict, the Stuka had been largely replaced by ground-attack versions of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, but was still in use until the last days of the war. An estimated 6,500 Ju 87s of all versions were built between 1936 and August 1944.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 June 2011 22:13
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Nitroplanes Dynam SR Trainer Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 April 2011 22:26


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The SR22, by Cirrus Design, is a single-engine, four-seat, composite aircraft. It is a more powerful version of the Cirrus SR20, with a larger wing, higher fuel capacity, and a 310 horsepower (231 kW) engine. It is extremely popular among purchasers of new aircraft and has been the world's best-selling single-engine, four-seat aircraft for several years.[2] Like the Cessna 400, but unlike most other aircraft in its class, the SR22 has fixed (non-retractable) landing gear. The SR22 holds a total of 4 people (including pilot) and carries a gross weight of 3,400 lbs. Optimal cruise speed is 213mph  with a stall speed of only 69 mph. Range is 1,207 miles.

The aircraft is perhaps best known for being equipped with the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS), an emergency parachute capable of lowering the entire aircraft (and occupants) to the ground in an emergency.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2011 04:56
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Nitroplanes Airfield P-40 Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 03:31

History
The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engine, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. It was used by the air forces of 28 nations, including those of most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in front line service until the end of the war. It was the third most produced American fighter ever, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation's main production facility at Buffalo, New York.

Warhawk was the name the United States Army Air Corps adopted for all models, making it the official name in the United States for all P-40s. The British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces used the name Tomahawk for models equivalent to the P-40B and P-40C, and the name Kittyhawk for models equivalent to the P-40D and all later variants.

In theatres where high altitude performance was less important, the P-40 proved an effective fighter. Although it gained a post-war reputation as a mediocre design, suitable only for close air support, more recent research including scrutiny of the records of individual Allied squadrons indicates that the P-40 performed surprisingly well as an air superiority fighter, at times suffering severe losses, but also taking a very heavy toll on enemy aircraft. The P-40 offered the additional advantage of low cost, which kept it in production as a ground attack fighter long after it was obsolete in air superiority.

The P-40 was powered by an Allison V-1710-39 V12 engine that produced 1,150 hp and propelled the plane to a maximum speed of 360 mph.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2011 04:41
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Parkzone UM Mosquito MK VI Review Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 March 2011 05:27

Intro

A few months back I caught wind of Parkzone’s two upcoming releases. The UM Corsair and UM Mosquito. I remember clicking the link excitedly that they were releasing a Mosquito but when I had to do a double take when I realized it was going to be an Ultra Micro! An ultra micro with dual props? ‘Get right out of town’ I said, but fortunately I stayed in town because last night I swung by the hobby shop and picked up the new UM Mosquito.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 March 2011 16:39
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