Reviewer Aaron Ham calls this bipe “a compact little hotrod with a ton of power and mind-numbing maneuverability!” Designed for a 40 to 50cc gas engine, this ARF features straightforward assembly and, in the air, it is capable of scale aerobatics as well as unlimited 3D maneuvers. Photos are by Hope McCall.
The Bulldog II, flown by professional airshow pilot Jim Leroy, was a highly-modified Pitts S2S powered by a modified Lycoming AEIO-540 that produced 400 horsepower. It’s wing airfoil were also redesigned and its ailerons were enlarged to produce a mind numbing roll rate of about 330-degrees per second. Jim will always be remembered as one of the best skilled pilots and one of the greatest airshow performers to ever take to the skies. He was one of only a handful of airshow pilots to be awarded both the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship and the Art Scholl Showmanship Award. Killed in 2007 while performing, he had performed as both a solo act and later joined the X-Team Airshows and the Masters of Disaster.