Not Worth The Juice -Fun With Volts and Jolts

Our new eRC F/A 18E Super Hornet 90mm ARF Jet (OVERSIZE) is in and I’ve had a few chances to take one out and see what she can do. I have been pretty impressed with it overall, but I really wanted to test out what it would be capable of at its highest possible performance.

We were trying out all kinds of different battery packs to see if we could predict what the variations would be in the flight experience. We decided to test one of our 45c, high output battery packs. I’ll admit that the plane did seem to have a slightly improved overall performance, but personally I don’t think it is worth the drop in flight time.

I was only about 3 minutes into the flight when the battery just dumped and I could hear the motor spooling back. It was at least a 25% shorter average flight time compared to what I have experienced with the Super Hornet thus far.

Needless to say, I tried to bee-line it back and make a graceful landing on the runway. I kept trying to push it, but unfortunately I didn’t quite make it. Just before the runway, I hit hard in some grass. One sweet thing I learned from this is just how tough the retracts and landing gear are. Even though I biffed it, the eRC F/A 18E Super Hornet 90mm ARF Jet (OVERSIZE) didn’t take any damage!!

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