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Socrux S.T-210 Tangara

4,088 FlyingHueman  9 days ago

AG 1: Drag/Anti-Spin Chute
AG 8: Nav Lights On/Off
VTOL: Flaps Up/Down (inverted), use also for trim when needed

One of Socrux's most ubiquitous designs, The Socrux S.T-210 Tangará (Blue Manakin) is a light aircraft originally developed in the mid-60's as a military trainer for basic flight instruction that was to see considerable popularity as a general aviation and sports aircraft, thanks to its great handling characteristics and overall low cost.

Equipped with a simple retractable trycicle landing gear, the Tangará was designed from the outset to have the best possible flight performance while remaining very docile and forgiving to new pilots. It has excellent basic aerobatic performance, but nearly impossible to send into a spin unless commanded; It features a spin recovery parachute as a last resort. Its distinctive tapering fuselage and the characteristic shape of its wing-fuselage joint fairing make it instantly recognizable, and have made it loved by many plane spotters for its looks and agility.

It wasn't long before the Tangará was adapted to the civilian general aviation and sports aviation market. Its docile handling and good maneuverability made it extremely popular, and it can still be seen flying around today in significant numbers. It is a fun and pleasing aircraft to fly around, and its simplicity and ease of maintenance has helped it stay in service several decades after its introduction.

It seats two crew, a pilot and instructor (or a pilot and a passenger) in a side-by-side configuration. The fuselage gradually tapers down towards the swept vertical tail - a choice that led to much controversy in the design team, with many insisting a more conventional, flatter tail arrangement would be superior. The choice has been chalked down to the 60's need for everything to look modern and fast. The horizontal stabilizer is places slightly behind the vertical; this is both to simplify construction of the elevator, and to aid in spin recovery, as less of the rudder is "shadowed" by the horizontal stabilizer. A ventral fin is also present under the rudder for spin prevention, giving the aircraft its exceedingly hard to spin nature.

An armed version was also developed for light attack, COIN and basic weapons instruction. It recieves two .50 caliber machine guns in the wings, and seven hardpoints for light armament.

Civilian version:

Light Attack version:

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General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 39.0ft (11.9m)
  • Length 33.6ft (10.2m)
  • Height 14.2ft (4.3m)
  • Empty Weight 2,889lbs (1,310kg)
  • Loaded Weight 3,904lbs (1,771kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.256
  • Wing Loading 11.3lbs/ft2 (55.1kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 345.8ft2 (32.1m2)
  • Drag Points 2457

Parts

  • Number of Parts 54
  • Control Surfaces 7
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    7,156 Mustang51

    @FlyingHueman it’s a very great saying. It works almost all the time

    8 days ago
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    4,088 FlyingHueman

    @Mustang51 If it looks right, it will fly right, someone once said. I gotta admit I made this one mostly for the looks of it, but I was surprised when I took it out for a spin and saw it handled pretty well.

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    7,156 Mustang51

    And damn I just saw that part count! Incredible!!

    8 days ago
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    7,156 Mustang51

    Again, another fantastic build. This is a really good looking one too. It’s obvious it flies well just from how it looks. I really enjoy flying this one. Nice work!

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    2,032 BlackBoA

    @FlyingHueman lol

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    4,088 FlyingHueman

    @BlackBoA yee, with 54 parts no less

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    2,032 BlackBoA

    cha cha real smooth

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    4,088 FlyingHueman

    I now recall I had been asked to tag ya, so here we go.
    @Mustang51

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    4,088 FlyingHueman

    @Brields95 Doesn't it? I ended up growing attached to this little thing, lol. I think it's the prettiest plane I've ever built, even compared to more recent ones. Glad you liked it!

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    10.9k Brields95

    This thing looks nice!

    9 days ago