Another great entry for the Road to Top Gun, this time, we heard from our good friend Curtis Switzer from Port St. John, FL., who will be flying his 168-inch span, 100-inch long B-2 Bomber in the Pro-Am Propeller class. Weighing 45lbs., the big Curtiss biplane is powered by two Saito 180 4-strokes turning 16×8 3-bladed Falcon props.
The spinners are from Tru-Turn Spinners. Curtis uses a Jeti DS-16 radio and 3 2200mAh LiFE batteries, and McDaniels On board ignition systems for the engines. He is using engine telemetry and a functional bomb drop. The B-2 is painted with DuPont automotive paint over Sig Koverall fabric.
The impressive plane was built by his great friend Tom Czenthe and himself over a six month span, which they finished and test flew a week before Top Gun 2010. Curtis was fortunate enough to win Pro-AM Sport class in 2010 and Pro-Am Pro class in 2011.
Curtis decided to rebuilt the B-2 for this year’s Top Gun and dedicate it to Tom who has since passed away. It is truly a great flying airplane and Curtis look forward to flying it again this year.