NOTE FROM STEVE THE PILOT / OWNER OF THE BEECHCRAFT –
Two x OS 60cc petrol engines. Futaba radio with NIMh flight batteries and NIMh ignition batteries, bit old school but it suits the servos and ignition systems. Built by Dave Gibbs from the Blackdown Club.
The model is about one year old and I was the test pilot before buying it from Dave. One of the reasons Dave sold it was it took so much effort to get it in and out of his car. I’ve replaced a few servos for new More powerful ones on the ailerons and elevators. The model has been painted to look more like a well used one than a brand new fresh one.
Model Type : Beech 18
w/span – 3.04 metres
Length – 2.60 metres
Mass – 34.00 kg
Engine Capacity : 2 x 60 cc
The Beechcraft Model 18 is a 6- to 11-seat, twin-engined, low-wing, tailwheel light aircraft manufactured by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. Continuously produced from 1937 to November 1969, over 9,000 were built, making it one of the world’s most widely used light aircraft.
Engine type: Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior
Unit cost: 78,050–78,050 USD (1952)
Number built: 9,000+
First flight: 15 January 1937
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SCALE – 1:6.5
POWERED – 2 X ZENOAH 62cc PETROL ENGINES
2 X 3 BLADE SCALE BEILA PROPS
WEIGHT – 42 KG
W/SPAN – 4.8 MTR
FIBERGLASS FUSELAGE & BUILT UP WINGS & TAILPLANE
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INFO ON REAL AIRCRAFT –
The Grumman HU-16 Albatross is a large twin–radial engine amphibious flying boat that was used by the United States Air Force, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard, primarily as a search and rescue aircraft.
Range: 4,587 km
Length: 19 m
Engine type: Wright R-1820 Cyclone
Status: Limited Civilian Service
Number built: 466
An improvement of the design of the Grumman Mallard, the Albatross was developed to land in open ocean situations to accomplish rescues. Its deep-V hull cross-section and keel length enable it to land in the open sea. The Albatross was designed for optimal 4-foot (1.2 m) seas, and could land in more severe conditions, but required JATO (jet-assisted take off, or simply booster rockets) for takeoff in 8–10-foot (2.4–3.0 m) seas or greater.
The majority of Albatrosses were used by the U.S. Air Force, primarily in the search and rescue mission role (SAR), and initially designated as SA-16. The USAF used the SA-16 extensively in Korea for combat rescue, where it gained a reputation as a rugged and seaworthy craft.
Later, the redesignated HU-16B (long-wing variant) Albatross was used by the U.S. Air Force’s Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service and saw extensive combat service during the Vietnam War. In addition a small number of Air National Guard air commando groups were equipped with HU-16s for covert infiltration and extraction of special forces from 1956 to 1971. Other examples of the HU-16 made their way into Air Force Reserve air rescue units prior to its retirement from USAF service.
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