This video contains the Maiden Flight only of my E-flite UMX B-17G Flying Fortress WWII Bomber with AS3X Technology.
I expected to fly a slow scale plane and have it be a relatively boring experience. Well, that wasn't the case at all! Right after take-off there was a near crash and I will let you watch the video to see the rest.
Note: Since my initial review, I have worked out some of the bugs with this plane and it is a great flyer with the right battery and here are some videos that show how well it CAN fly with the right battery:
For those of you that think this plane looks familiar but can't place where you know it from, you most likely recognize it from the movies about the Memphis Belle, which is based on a true story about one of these B-17's. The Memphis Belle was a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress during the Second World War. Instead of being a B-17G like this plane, the Memphis Belle was a B-17F.
The most comparable UMX or Ultra Micro planes I own are the Parkzone Ultra Micro P-51 Mustang Warbird and the UMX Radian along with the UMX Pitts. All three of them are micro airplanes that have AS3X Technology built into them.
In all reality, it is probably closer to a hybrid between my new E-Flite P-51 Mustang as much as it is an UM RC Plane. The funny part about that is that the P-51 Mustang is what escorted the bombers on their bombing runs during World War Two.
Here is what Horizon Hobby the maker of this beauty has written up about this plane and the plane it is modeled after:
"Conceived in the mid-1930s by Boeing Aircraft Company, the B-17 aircraft not only demonstrated capabilities beyond expectations over Europe, around the globe it went on to deliver military service well into the 1960s. She was dubbed the "Flying Fortress" for her incredible defensive firepower and is credited with downing 23 enemy aircraft per 1,000 raids that devastated European targets in daylight raids with 640,036 tons of bombs. Now known as the most famous bomber of WWII, heroic crew members loved the B-17 for her ability to withstand extensive combat damage and still return home safely.
The E-flite® UMX™ B-17G Flying Fortress BNF model is an ultra micro marvel. Not only is it the first ultra micro RC model of the famous WWII bomber, it includes innovative AS3X® technology that makes flying more fun. Built into the Spektrum™ DSMX® receiver, AS3X technology has been specially tuned to combat the effects of wind and turbulence so you get the kind of locked-in handling that’s comparable to an expertly tuned airplane that’s much larger. With four motors, three-blade propellers and full four-channel control plus an abundant amount of scale detail, it’s a replica you can fly almost anywhere.
Whether you’re an intermediate park pilot looking for your first RC multi-engine experience or a scale pilot looking for a unique replica that can be flown anywhere, the E-flite UMX B-17G Flying Fortress is ideal. All you need to start flying today is your favorite 4+ channel aircraft transmitter with Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM2®/DSMX technology.
The advanced AS3X® (Artificial Stabilization - 3-axis) system built into the Spektrum™ 6-channel ultra micro receiver is what helps give the E-flite® UMX™ B-17G Flying Fortress an incredibly solid look and feel in the air. This technology works behind the scenes to help counter the effects of wind and turbulence by combining 3-axis sensing with flight control software tuned exclusively by Horizon Hobby product experts. As a result, your workload is significantly reduced while control feel is natural and precise so you can focus on making victory passes laser-straight. It’s an impressive scale flight experience that will have you convinced that you’re at the controls of an expertly-tuned multi-engine airplane that’s much larger.
Authentic Trim Scheme
Attention to detail and respect for the scale outline of the original B-17G Flying Fortress makes this fully-assembled 1/48-scale ultra micro airplane a thrill to fly. Its three-blade propellers complement its authentic "Man O War II" trim scheme.
Removable Landing Gear
The plug-in main landing gear can be replaced with simulated retracted wheels and the tail wheel can be removed for an authentic gear-up flight appearance.
Counter-rotating motors improve flight performance by virtually eliminating the adverse effects of torque.
Full Four-Channel Control
Four-channel control includes throttle, aileron, elevator and rudder with performance ultra micro linear long-throw servos.