BY AARON HAM PHOTOS BY PETER HALL
F/A- 18 HORNET
A ready-to-fly electric ducted-fan model that performs like a big jet!
THE MCDONNELL DOUGLAS (Boeing)
F/A- 18 Hornet was originally designed in
the 1970s for the U.S. Navy and Marines.
Capable of both air-to-air and air-to-ground
missions, this modern-day all-weather
fighter can operate from land and from sea
aboard aircraft carriers. Its General Electric
afterburner engines can propel the Hornet
to a top speed of 1,190mph and give the airplane a maximum climb rate of 50,000 feet
per minute. With this kind of performance,
you can see why the F/A- 18 has been a dominant military force. The F/A- 18 has also
been the primary aircraft for the United
States Navy Blue Angels Aerial Demonstration Team since 1986.
The new lightweight F/A- 18 electric
ducted-fan (EDF) jet from Hobby Lobby is
manufactured by Shenzhen RICCS Elec-
tronic Technology and is a die-cast Styrofoam design. It comes painted in the “Red
Viper” color scheme, has hinged ailerons
and elevators, and is equipped with a steerable nosewheel. Closer inspection of the
box showed a mere 11 pieces requiring
IT LOOKS GREAT
assembly– 13 if you choose to add the
optional missiles. It even comes with glue!
All you need to include is your own transmitter and receiver. Anyone with basic ARF
building experience can assemble this
plane. It’s not a beginner plane and you
MODEL F/A- 18
DISTRIBUTOR Hobby Lobby
TYPE EDF Styrofoam jet park
WINGSPAN 27 in.
WEIGHT 17. 65 oz.
WING AREA 210 sq. in.
WING LOADING 17. 65 oz./sq. ft.
LENGTH 38. 6 in.
PRICE $240 (RTF); $210 (ARF)
■ Lightning-fast assembly
■ Great looks
■ Amazing speed
■ Compact enough to take
Author Aaron Ham
readies the Hornet
for another flight.