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Hangar 9 33% Pawnee Review

  • Written By: John Redman
  • Posted: 2011-07-01

This big, beautiful recreation of Piper's famous ag workhorse may look imposing, but it's really a pushover. Even with its 130+ inch wingspan, near-perfect scale outline and details like working oleo struts and functional flaps, it's no more of a challenge to assemble than many smaller ARFs. And, like the full-scale Pawnee, it's one of the tamest tail draggers you'll ever have the joy of flying. The generous wing area, stable flat-bottom airfoil and fiberglass wingtips forgive much while providing smooth, solid control at most any speed. Short field takeoffs and landings with flaps are a whole lot of fun too. If you've always wanted a giant-scale plane but were daunted by the complexity or performance, this easy-going 80cc ARF is for you.

We met up with Peter Goldsmith at the JR® Aero Tow to discuss this great new model— some of the many features are the sliding motor box mounting system, fully scale and shock absorbing landing gear, opening cockpit doors, drooped wingtips, and so much more. The incredible attention to detail in certain areas will definitely put this one above this rest. It's definitely on my list to grab up! So check out the video and watch the Pawnee do some Aero Towing at the same time; it was actually happening right behind us at the very moment we were interviewing with Peter. Great guy and cool plane— check it out.




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