It seems appropriate that the week before the upcoming 49th annual RC WW1 Jamboree at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome (ORA), that we post some older pix of some popular MAN plans built airplanes.
In fact, this collection comes from our own, Rich Uravitch who was very involved with the ORA mission event back in its hay day. A member of the original Dawn Patrol troop, Rich designed and built several WW1 sport scale flyers including this great flying SE5a. Published in the March 1985 issue of MAN, Rich’s SE5a has a wingspan of 50 inches and was powered by a then new to the hobby, 4-stroke glow engine. The SE5a has 800 sq. in. of wing area and is 40 inches long. The prototype was out fitted with a 4-stroke .60 and was, according to Capt. Rich, a sweet flying bird. And yes, Rich’s designs are ideal for today’s electric power systems with very minor modifications.
A Plan set for this fun flying sport scale SE5a are still available at the Air Age Store at: http://www.airagestore.com/r-a-f-s-e-5a.html
If you are looking for something to compete with in the 50th annual Mission event in 2016, this might be a good place to start. Keep an eye open as we will be featuring more great airplane designs for the upcoming ORA WW1 event!