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Jul 15, 2019, 08:39 AM
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New Toughjets ducted fan jet


I ran into Wayne, the creator and designer of the unique Toughjet plane. Originally configured with a pusher prop (along with a one of a kind sound) we are now able to get a 70 mm 12 bladed ducted-fan unit with the plane. Wayne is well known in the New England area and is a fixture at many local fun fly events, including the Neat Fair.

The addition of the EDF unit is a game changer for the plane. Much quieter, and it also feels faster. This can still take off from the ground in a vertical position which is a blast to see and try! This flies with a 22oo or 2650 4 cell pack, I would recommend at least a 45c discharge rate. Flight times are anywhere between 4 and 7 minutes. All up weight is about 2-5 pounds and the fan kicks out about 3 to 3.5 pounds, so guess how this thing moves out?

As usual Wayne passes off the sticks to whoever wants to give it a try and of course I couldn't say no. A nice toss into the wind and the plane took off like a a rocket! The newer planes also have extra control surfaces so they are very maneuverable. I loved hovering the plane into the headwind and then killing the power and gliding right in. It was a pleasure to fly. I've owed two of the original prop versions and they really are tough, they take a beating and are easy to repair if damaged.

These are configured in the original F-14 model, in addition to the F-15 and now the F-35.

I decided to pick up the F-15 version of the EDF along with the gear. Once the servos arrive I'll get this together.

Special thanks to Wayne for generously donating two Toughjet kits to the AMA for our Aviation Day fun flight in Muncie!

Stop by the Toughjet site and check out the videos of these things flying!

https://toughjets.com/
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