Albatross (slow flight demonstrator)

by   133k SledDriver  7 days ago
484 downloads

So, @Chancey21 asked me to make a slow-flying, highly maneuverable aircraft that stalls at 40 mph; this is it. Cruise speed is a sedate 250 mph, but this being a SledDriver Industries build, if you change your mind mid-flight and need to get somewhere fast, just engage afterburners to zip along at ~2000 mph.

Handling

The Albatross is highly maneuverable and very easy to fly and land. GIven the large range of speeds (40 mph - 2000+ mph) this aircraft can achieve, there are two sensitivity levels for both roll and pitch, and two trim controls (heavy and fine). AG2 engages high sensitivity mode; you will want this on at low speeds. VTOL is the heavy trim control, while Trim is for fine trim adjustments. Default trim is optimized to make the aircraft fly level at full throttle in both cruise and afterburner modes. The heavy trim control should only be used at speeds lower than about 150 mph. With both trim controls set to full nose-up position (both sliders pulled all the way down), the Albatross will fly level at about 7% throttle (~65 mph). Below that, you need to pitch up.

Armament

  • Two plasma cannons
  • 20 air-to-ground missiles

Controls

  • Custom camera 1: Gun camera view
  • AG1: Boost mode (afterburner)
  • AG2: High-sensitivity mode (Pitch and roll)
  • VTOL: Heavy trim
  • Trim: Fine trim
  • FireGuns: Fire plasma cannons
  • FireWeapons: Fire air-to-ground missiles

General Characteristics

  • Successors 1 airplane(s)
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 162.8ft (49.6m)
  • Length 124.8ft (38.0m)
  • Height 9.9ft (3.0m)
  • Empty Weight -4,734,385lbs (-2,147,483kg)
  • Loaded Weight 35,553lbs (16,126kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 7.585
  • Wing Loading 4.0lbs/ft2 (19.4kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 8,955.6ft2 (832.0m2)
  • Drag Points 77462

Parts

  • Number of Parts 491
  • Control Surfaces 15
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    133k SledDriver

    @swiftGrumpycat Welcome to SledDriver Industries.

    3 days ago
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    This fly's too well even when you take it apart and put it back tougher IT STILL FLY'S!

    3 days ago
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    133k SledDriver

    @Misterman124 it's good to have imagination, isn't it.

    +1 4 days ago
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    1,135 Misterman124

    Finally someone who focused on flight characteristics and not just looks and its irl top speed

    +1 4 days ago
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    153 parjay

    @SledDriver idk how you figure all this out

    +1 5 days ago
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    133k SledDriver

    @parjay See here

    5 days ago
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    153 parjay

    You probaly get asked this a lot but how is there no landing gear

    5 days ago
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    Under 500 this time? You, sir, are getting an upvote.

    6 days ago
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    Around the wings, what I normally see was circular edge
    But this time the edges are smooth @SledDriver

    7 days ago
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    133k SledDriver

    Thanks, @CRJ900Pilot

    7 days ago
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    133k SledDriver

    @Spectre2520 Thanks, but what do you mean by smooth style?

    7 days ago
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    133k SledDriver

    @Texasfam04 Yeah, I might have an idea...

    7 days ago
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    24.0k CRJ900Pilot

    Nice! Love how it can handle like a stol but fly like a rocket at the same time. Also the triangle shape is very appealing

    7 days ago
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    Very impressive how the control is so good while at 2000 mph
    I also love the SD sign there
    Probably the first time I ever see you use smooth style@SledDriver

    7 days ago
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    12.6k Texasfam04

    i would love to see you try it out. Ive been testing a lot of different things out trying to get away from the "boxy" cargo look and its been really difficult.@SledDriver

    7 days ago
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    133k SledDriver

    Thanks, @Texasfam04. It's probably impossible to have a usable cargo bay and maintain the smoothness of the fuselage. I might give it a try.

    7 days ago
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    34.9k Chancey21

    Perfect, thanks

    7 days ago
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    12.6k Texasfam04

    Flies really well and I love the design! I also like the multi stage afterburners..have you thought about doing a cargo plane? with a usable cargo bay?

    7 days ago
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    133k SledDriver

    Thanks, @Strikefighter04

    7 days ago
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    Cool!

    +1 7 days ago
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    133k SledDriver

    @Chancey21

    +1 7 days ago