Over this past weekend we saw that long time Top Gun competitor Mike Barbee successfully test flew his new King Air C-90. This electric powered twin is amazing and it is very difficult to tell it from the full-size aircraft. Congratulations Mike, see you in a few more weeks! (Photos by Jenni Aldeman).
If you’ve thought that electric powered airplanes aren’t all that exciting, wait till you get a load of Mike Barbee’s latest Top Gun entry, the King Air C-90 twin. Teaming up with pilot Frank Noll, they will be competing with the King Air C-90 in the Team Class. The 25% scale King Air twin is built from a Bob Patton design, and has an impressive 155 inch wingspan and is 110 inches long.
The retracts are air-powered and his own design. Power will come from a pair of geared electric, Kontronicks motors with 200 amp Kontronicks speed controllers. The 3-blade propellers are from Vario and are ground adjustable for pitch. Flight testing with begin with 21 5/16 pitch to start with. The Fuselage is fiberglass, and the wings have foam cores that are sheeted. The paint job is military, (the only one painted these colors), and it the Navy Military Heritage scheme.
This will be Mike’s 27th year attending Top Gun and during that time he has entered 10 different airplanes. Mike has been flying RC for 37 years and specifically with scale aircraft for the past 30. Mike is also the President of NASA, the Special Interest Group of the AMA which supports and promotes scale in RC, Control Line, free flight and helicopters. Mike is also the East Coast Chairman for U.S. Scale Masters Association. Mike will also be flying his big Grumman FM-2 Wildcat at Top Gun in the Expert Class.