E-Flite T-34 Mentor 25e RC Plane, ARF
Wingspan 55.0 in (1575mm)
ARF Version Requires:
The Beechcraft T-34 Mentor was developed in the post-WWII era as a military trainer aircraft to replace the North American T-6/NJ Texan. The design was actually a descendant of Beechcraft's Model 35 Bonanza. By taking several of the Bonanza's design features and modifying them to suit military training, the T-34 was born.
In 1953, the United States Air Force was the first to put the T-34 into service, and designated their version the T-34A. The United States Navy followed two years later, and purchased T-34B models. Interestingly enough, the T-34B had several differences from the T-34A. Increased wing dihedral and moveable rudder pedals were two features that were different. Most interesting, however, was the fact that the T-34B had only differential braking instead of a steerable nosewheel.
E-flite T-34 Mentor 25e ARF
Both the T-34A and T-34B were powered by Continental piston engines. Later, in the 1970s, Beechcraft developed the T-34C Turbo-Mentor, which was equipped with a turboprop engine. The T-34 has proven itself to be a venerable trainer since the 1950s. Countless Air Force and Navy pilots have earned their wings in the Mentor.
A couple of years ago, E-flite introduced a beginner-friendly trainer model based on the T-34. The E-flite T-34 Mentor 25e ePTS RTF model was a huge success and developed a large following. It incorporated a flap system and NACA droops on the leading of the wing. Both of these features helped to increase the stability and slow-flight capability of the airplane. Everything was included in the ready-to-fly (RTF) package, including a full-featured Spektrum DX6i radio. There was demand for an almost-ready-to-fly (ARF) version, so E-flite has delivered again with the E-flite T-34 Mentor 25e ARF.
This version doesn't have the radio or the NACA droops that the RTF model had, but it does allow the modeler to choose his own power system and electronics. The full-scale T-34 that the E-flite is modeled after happens to be N121BC, which is actually a T-34A that is painted up in the T-34C Navy scheme. N121BC is owned by Mr. Bud Cashen, who served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Mr. Cashen has owned N121BC for nearly 20 years now and flies it to Oshkosh every year. In fact, Bud flies as the "top cover boss" during the big warbird formation flights at Oshkosh.