Long John (oz7297)
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Long John. Radio control sport model, for .40 power.
Quote: "The Long John is a sport aircraft and intermediate trainer that is easy to fly and yet combines excellent performance with aesthetically pleasing lines, a combination often hard to find in trainers and sport aircraft. Long John, by Ian Mitchell.
The Long John is a ship that was originally designed to bridge a gap that same slot that is used to bury a load of low wings! After cutting my teeth on the RCM Southern Gentleman (oz9081), I looked to the RCM New Era II (oz9439) to become the flagship of the fleet. After many hours of waxing and polishing, a nagging little doubt began to emerge - Wouldn't it be a pity if...? The flagship was shelved for a while.
Something was needed to cut the anticipated low wing mortality rate. The range of ships in this intermediate area was found to be surprisingly limited and, in fact, very few suited the general requirements which seemed to be applicable. These characteristics were:
(1) A wide power range (.35 through .60) to provide scope for improvement in the pilot's ability.
(2) A maneuverable ship, yet one which, if necessary, will fly hands off.
(3) Rugged enough for cow pasture flying and 'beginner's bumps'.
(4) Straightforward and quick con-struction.
(5) A relatively low wing loading with-out loss of penetration.
(6) Trike and taildragger options.
(7) Able to show a fair turn of speed.
(8) And, finally, not look like an intermediate ship.
The prototype is a 60-1/2 inch, 4 lb 12 oz shoulder winger which is powered by the fabulous OS H4OP engine which, with a 10/6 prop, develops a useful output comparable to many .45-.50 engines. Flying the Long John is a snap. Beautifully realistic take-offs may be achieved on 3/4 throttle and up trim; the pilot has only to keep the wings level..."
Attached is Ian Mitchell's Long John from RCM magazine issue 07-77.
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