This great-looking Bell TH-57c Sea Ranger was flown by Chris Myhre. It has
TRex 600 mechanics with a Century fuselage and the cockpit was scratch-built with a tremendous amount of scale detail. See the interview with the pilot
Even at night, the
flying did not stop
with contests such
as this. The lighted
foamie planes had
to drop an LED
from the plane into
one of the shapes
to score points.
Electric-powered scale aircraft is becoming very popular especially for multiengine aircraft because of the reliability of the motors. In many cases, the electric motor is much smaller than the gas/glow counterpart and makes it much
easier to hide within the cowling. Here are some examples of some great-looking scale aircraft that were at the festival.
Another plane of Scott Bahde’s, this one is the newly released Aeroworks P- 51
designed for a 50cc gas engine. Although the plane is missing the sound of
that combustion engine, the prop-rip from that electric motor as the plane goes
by at 130 miles an hour is awesome.
Mark Leesburg has a new giant-scale
pylon racer that he had converted over to
electric power. The maiden flight was performed at the festival.
UNTIL NEXT YEAR…
The 2010 Arizona Electric Festival is now a thing of the past, but fear
not, there is plenty of time to start planning out next year’s trip to
Arizona, so you can personally view this large gathering of electric
aircraft. Each year, the Electric Festival brings in a larger and more
diverse group of pilots and there’s no doubt that next year’s event
will be even bigger and better. Be sure to plan to attend next year
and in the meantime, just check out the website at
rccraze.com/azfestival/ for the latest information.
Scott Bahde had this great-looking model F- 15 decked out with electric
power. The plane was fast and sounded awesome in the air and flew as if it
was on rails. Scott even added LED lights in the tail to simulate
afterburners. Check out our interview with Scott on both his fantastic
aircraft at modelairplane news.com