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Parkzone Extra 300 Review Print E-mail


The Extra 300 is a two-seat aerobatic monoplane designed in 1987 by Walter Extra, an award-winning German aerobatic pilot.

The Extra 300 has a welded steel tube fuselage covered in aluminum and fabric. The mid-set wing has a carbon fiber composite spar and carbon composite skins. A symmetrical airfoil, mounted with a zero angle of incidence, provides equal performance in both upright and inverted flight. The landing gear is fixed tail dragger style with composite main legs and fiberglass wheel pants. The power plant is a fuel-injected Lycoming AEIO-540 which produces 300 horsepower. The top speed is 253 mph with a stall speed of 63 mph. The plane is made for performance and aerobatics and handles both well with a ±10 G rating for one person and ±8 G with two.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2011 22:51
World Models (Airborne Models) P47 Review Print E-mail

World Models P-47 Review


Republic Aviation's P-47 Thunderbolt, also known as the "Jug," was the largest, heaviest, and most expensive fighter aircraft in history to be powered by a single reciprocating engine. It was one of the main United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters of WorldWar II, and served with other Allied air forces. The P-47 was effective in air combat but proved especially adept at ground attack. It had eight .50-caliber machine guns, four per wing. When fully loaded the P-47 could weigh up to eight tons. The Jug was powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59 twin-row radial engine, capable of producing 2,535hp and propelling the plane to a maximum speed of 433 mph.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2011 22:45
Hobby Lobby Mig-15 Review Print E-mail


The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 was a jet fighter developed for the USSR by Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich. The MiG-15 was one of the first successful swept-wing jet fighters, and it achieved fame in the skies over Korea, where early in the war, it outclassed all straight-winged enemy fighters in daylight. With over 12,000 built the MiG-15 is believed to have been one of the most widely produced jet aircraft ever made. The MiG-15 is often mentioned along with the North American F-86 Sabre in lists of the best fighter aircraft of the Korean War and in comparison with fighters of other eras. The MiG is powered by a Klimov VK-1 turbojet capable of thrusting the jet to a max speed of 668mph.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2011 22:48
MaxJet F-35 Review Print E-mail
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Max Jet F-35 Review


The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, stealth, multirole fighters under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions. The F-35 has three main models; one is a conventional takeoff and landing variant, the second is a short take off and vertical-landing variant, and the third is a carrier-based variant. The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. JSF development is being principally funded by the United States, with the United Kingdom and other partner governments providing additional funding. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin. The F-35 took its first flight on 15 December 2006. The United States intends to buy a total of 2,443 aircraft for an estimated US$323 billion, making it the most expensive defense program ever. The United States Air Force (USAF) budget data in 2010, along with other sources, projects the F-35 to have a flyaway cost that ranges between US$89 million and US$200 million over the planned production of F-35s, depending on the variant. Lockheed Martin expects to reduce government cost estimates by 20%.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2011 22:47
Parkzone F4F Wildcat Review Print E-mail

Parkzone F4F Wildcat


The Grumman F4F Wildcat was an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service with both the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy (as the Martlet) in 1940. The Wildcat was the only United States Navy or Marine fighter in World War II 1941–42 in the Pacific Theater besides the brief appearance of the F2A Buffalo. With a top speed of 318 mph (512 km/h), the Wildcat was outperformed by the more nimble 331 mph (533 km/h) Mitsubishi Zero, but its ruggedness and tactics resulted in an air combat kill-to-loss ratio of 5.9:1 in 1942 and 6.9:1 for the entire war. The Wildcat was powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 double-row radial engine, which was capable of producing 1,200 hp. It had a range of 770 miles and a service ceiling of 39,500 ft. The Wildcat continued to be built throughout the remainder of the war to serve on escort carriers, where larger and heavier fighters could not be used. In March 1945, Wildcats shot down four Bf 109s over Norway, the FAA's last victory with a Wildcat.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 February 2011 22:50

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