|Servos:||2x Hitec HS-55|
|Receiver:||Hitec Electron 6|
|Battery:||Dualsky 25c 3s(11.1v) 1300mah|
|Motor:||Motrolfly USA DM2210 1700kv|
|ESC:||Motrolfly USA FM20A|
|Available From:||YardBird RC|
Released in January 2003, the F-22 Raptor is an American fighter aircraft that utilizes stealth technology. It is an air superiority fighter, but is equipped for ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence roles as well. The United States Air Force considers the F-22 a critical component of the US strike force.
The F-22 is claimed by several sources to be the world’s most effective air superiority fighter. The US Air Force claims that the F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.
The F-22 Raptor is a favorite for many, but with its $137,000,000 price tag, it is not something everyone can own. Now you can thanks to YardBird RC! Whether you have the need for speed, or just want a nice, stable plane that is great for everyday flying at the park, the YB-22 is the plane for you!
The plane arrived double boxed, and very well packaged. When I first opened the box I was very impressed. I expected metal rods, but was I wrong! I think was the first foam plane I have received that had NO warped parts!
This is the simplest and fastest kit I have ever built. The included manual is very clear and has plenty of pictures!
The manual first says to cut off all the little tabs from the foam.
The vertical foam pieces of the fuse ARE supposed to stick out further than the horizontal fuse piece.
The manual says to use 6 of the included CA hinges on each elevon, but it does not need near that many and could stress out the servos as well, so I used 4 instead.
Motrolfly USA DM2210 Specs
|Resistance (Ri):||0.062 Ohms|
|Non-Load Current (Io):||1.6m Amps|
|Prop Range:||6x6 to 9x4.7|
|Maximum Burst Current:||20A|
The electronics installation could not have been easier. There are only two servos to hook up, cutting way down on the build time. Make sure to secure all the wires inside the hatch so they will not dangle into the prop when you take off. I used a Hitec Electron 6, but you only need a 4 channel receiver.
Hitec HS-55 Specs
|Operating Speed||0.17 sec/60°|
|Stall Torque||15.27 oz-in.|
|Dimensions||0.89" x 0.45"x 0.94"|
|Connector Wire Length||6.29"|
|Gear Type||All Nylon|
|Operating Voltage||4.8-6.0 Volts|
My total flying weight came out to right about 12.5 oz. RTF, and flight times are around 9-10 minutes depending on throttle usage.
Control throw setup
|High Rates Up||High Rates Down|
|Left Elevon||35 degrees||33 degrees|
|Right Elevon||35 degrees||33 degrees|
This plane flies VERY well, and is probably the most stable plane I have ever flown. There is ZERO wing rock, either upright and inverted. It is capable of very fast speeds, but can slow down to a crawl when you want it to. It sounds good too!
The YB-22 must be hand launched. Unlike most jets, you do not have to throw it: just give it about 50% throttle, and let 'er go! Since it does not have landing gear, you have to belly land it, but it is a very easy plane to land. It is best to land in grass if possible.
Loops, rolls, inverted flight, harriers, and inverted harriers are what this plane does best. High speed passes are awesome! Make sure you have plenty of speed when you pull out loops. If you don’t have enough speed, it will go into a spin.
No! While the YB-22 is very easy to fly, I would not recommend it as a first plane. It would be a good third of fourth aileron plane, though.
I HIGHLY recommend this plane! It is flies great and is sturdy too.
Very clear, and easy to follow instruction manual
|Jan 23, 2008, 09:57 PM|
I've been flying mine for about 4-5 months with the same setup as listed above, and I love it !!! Looks awesome in the air and sounds really cool too.
Very good review.
|Jan 24, 2008, 12:17 AM|
If you set it up with 4 controll surfaces like the shockflyer su27 it handles much better and the barrel rolls are blistering. My neighbor has one and it flys awsome with the 4 controlls. He can hover and just start to barrel roll in place!!! Pretty sweet for a jet. It looks faster in the Yardbird RC video than it really is but I'd say it goes about 50mph 60 tops with the Dual Sky 12t and 7x5 apc.
|Jan 24, 2008, 09:38 AM|
|Jan 24, 2008, 12:45 PM|
I've been flying mine for a month or so now... nothing but good things for this one. Reliable and EASSSSY is the two words that come to mind. I can't believe how easy the launches are... in all honesty, I actually land multiple times throughout a flight JUST to hold it in my hand and take off again.
Thanks YB RC.
|Jan 24, 2008, 02:58 PM|
WOW surprised you bought one of this! I guess your $50 foamy rule has a loophole for kick butt planes!
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