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Old 04-09-2010, 01:11 PM   #1
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Ok so I am still new to this hobby. So bear with the lack of proper usage of lingo and overall knowhow. I have been searching for an edf jet. In my searches I found a few that have trust vectoring. I saw a You tube video with a rafale with what appeared to be homemade flaps over the exaust (type rafale trust vectored in you tube) . I have also seen a factory produced thrust vector with an su-27.

thrust vectoring seems quite facinating, anyone own a plane with this? is it worth paying the extra over a regular jet?
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Re: Thrust vectoring

It depends on the kind of flying you intend to do. With adequate control surfaces and airflow over them you can do extreme maneuvers, (light weight helps a lot, as our indoor guys can attest). Thrust vectoring really comes into its own when speed is so low the normal flight surfaces are ineffective.
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Re: Thrust vectoring

to answer you basic question........yes, it's worth paying the extra over a regular jet. if that's the type of flying you enjoy. some jet purists will tell you that it's not very jet-like and only for showing off at airshows. as cool as it looks and as much as we are told that it can be used in combat, you aren't gonna see the Cobra being done in combat. the old fighter pilot saying is that speed and energy is life........stunts like the Cobra require bleeding speed and energy, which means being shot at.

the rest is up to you though. if you like that kind of flying, thrust vectoring is great and looks really cool. if you are into a scale-lookiing style of flying, I'de say go with the "regular jet".
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Re: Thrust vectoring

Since this inquiry is for an EDF, you may want to try posting in the Electric Jets Forum.

Thrust vectoring a turbine @ 700 deg C is very different from an EDF.

I have done inverted harriers with my Stryker and while not thrust vectoring and even though it doesn't take full throttle to keep in the harrier it sure seems to eat the batteries fast. Must be something to do with the almost static loading of the prop. If you were to do this with EDF my "guess" is your flight times would be fairly short.

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Re: Thrust vectoring

Originally Posted by LuvEvolution7 View Post
t.......................the old fighter pilot saying is that speed and energy is life........
This is true "all other things being equal", and it used to be that there was little significant difference between the frontline fighters. Sure one had a little more altitude capability, one a little more speed or turn-in, but these small differences could frequently be compensated for if you know the other guy's capabilities and how to take advantage of your own.

The really big thing in a dog fight is turn in, and if you have LOTS more than the other guy, if you can turn inside him and shoot him fast, you could be at zero energy and you still won. It is my impression that vectored thrust is all about the turn-in, without sacrificing the speed potential.

I have seen a couple of RC model "wing" designs with thrust vectored by hinged, pusher engine mount. The pitch changes are stupid fast and very entertaining to watch..... I can only imagine how entertaining they are to fly!!


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Old 04-09-2010, 09:03 PM   #6
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As Pauld mentioned earlier, You should look under the Electric Jets catagory

Here's a link to my Thrust Vectoring EDF. If your new to EDFs I would recomend starting off with something an litle easier to fly.

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