Phase 3 U-2 EDF Spy Plane
Receiver Ready with Motor, Fan, ESC and Servos
In the early 1950s, with Cold War tensions on the rise, the US military required better strategic reconnaissance to help determine Soviet capabilities and intentions. It was thought an aircraft that could fly at 70,000 feet would be beyond the reach of Soviet fighters, missiles, and even radar. Phase 3 brings the iconic U-2 spyplane to life in a high performance EDF that represents outstanding value. Manufactured from lightweight foam, in almost ready to fly format so you’ll be ready for your first exciting mission in no time!
Flying the U-2 Spyplane:
The Phase 3 U-2 Spyplane is essentially a powered glider and it can be flown in a very scale-like manner. While it is not suitable for beginners, it does make a very good second aileron model. With the assistance of a helper, switch on the transmitter, then connect a fully charged 1650-2200 mah 11.1V Li-Po battery. Refit the canopy and check the control throws. If there is any wind, ask you helper to point the model into it. Open the throttle fully, then have your helper launch the U-2 slightly nose down with a firm push keeping the wings level. Allow the model to fly straight and continue to hold the power on until sufficient height has been gained.
The U-2 is best flown smoothly, trading height for speed for gentle aerobatic manoeuvres. The wings will flex in flight - as did the fullsize - but you should avoid pulling very high G manouevres when flying at full speed or after a steep dive to avoid over-stressing the airframe.
Landing presents no difficulties and the U-2 can be simply lined up into the wind and the motor power reduced until the model settles into its glide path. Once landed, please unplug and remove the Li-Po battery from the model and allow it to cool completely before recharging.
Aircraft Specifications and Features:
• Wingspan: 1690mm (66.5 Inches)
• Length: 1030mm (40.5 Inches)
• Simple and Quick to Assemble
• Durable, Lightweight Molded Foam Airframe
• No Glue Required!
• Realistic Stealth Colour Scheme
• Easy Access to Battery Via Large Canopy
• Custom, Powerful Brushless Motor Included
• High Performance Fan Unit Included
• 3 x Factory Fitted Servos (2 ailerons and elevator)
• Smooth, Fast and Stable Flying
• Size: 2835
• Diameter: 28mm
• KV: 4300
• Voltage: 11.1V rated (3S)
• Motor Shaft Dimension: 4mm
Items Required, But Not Included:
• 3-Channel or More Radio System with Mini or Micro Receiver
• 3S 1650mAh to 2200mAh Li-Po Battery
• Li-Po Battery Charger
|Mfr Part Number||PH022RR|
- Comments and Questions Review by Kim
Comment: The provided decals dissolved during application, although I followed the instructions to the letter.
Comment: I'm and older guy and can't figure out exactly where the CG is supposed to be. QUESTION: Is that IN FRONT or BEHIND the leading edge of the wing? I'm thinking BEHIND, but would appreciate verification from someone. Why don't the instructions provide a picture of the desired CG location for elderly flyers such as me?
Comment: I currently plan to power this bird with 1600 mAh batteries. Other reviews here seem to lean toward 2200 batteries.
Final comment: I actually WORKED (Avionics) on a pair of full-scale U2's while stationed in Thailand with the USAF in the early seventies, so this model is taking me back some 40 years. I love it.
Thanks for any advice.
Sorry you had problems with the decals, they can be tricky. They're a transfer decal optimized to stick to the foam (regular stickers tend to fall off over time.) Contact customer service directly, they should be able to help you with replacements if you desire them.
The cg is measured back from the leading edge of the wing. So, if you lay the ruler against the side of the fuselage right under the wing, set the zero mark on the ruler right underneath the leading edge of the wing and measure back from there. It's "about" 1/3 of the way back. from the Leading edge.
The 1600mah battery, 3S (11.1v nominal voltage) should be just fine. I flew it with 1200's and that pushed them pretty hard. 2200mah size 3S battery fits but tends to make the plane nose-heavy. The 1600's should be an easy fit and should be able to used without adding lead to the tail.
Contact service directly with any questions; [email protected]
-HP customer service (Posted on 5/6/15)
- Great Fun Soaring Review by Philly G
May 2nd I flew it's maiden flight and I actually caught some thermals, when a flock of birds circled above showing me where the thermals were. I flew almost 7 minutes with out power just circling with the flock, I was one of them, they did not try to evade my plane, it was beautiful. This is my first glider after 30 years of flying RC and my first flight was with a flock of soaring birds "Luv It". I was pleasantly surprised to soar for the first time, it was amazing.
(Posted on 5/2/15)
- good plane Review by jinx 10
- Great plane with potential Review by Mike
My father-in-law actually bought me this plane for Christmas. When I opened the box I was pleased with the quality of how realistic it looks. It fly's very smooth with little to none trim, and in winds up to 10mph.
Hand launch; It'd be awesome if it had a steerable nose wheel and the other wheels like the real plane in the aft and wing tips. Where I live you have mostly two options dirt or asphalt and both have eventually ruined the great look of the plane. The one side of the wing spar get stuck only halfway in a few times while putting it together to fly. The wings do flex a lot, I've had the receiver provided fail on me a couple times, and only the other spar that didn't get stuck I've had the wing slide out a couple times (luckily I was able to land before it came out all the way).
It's a great smooth plane to fly. I would purchase one again and modify it to my liking next time. (Posted on 10/26/14)
- excellent plane Review by big mim i230
- Good jet glider Review by Jd
- ESC failed on second flight. Review by SLM
- Great RR plane Review by Luscombepilot
Initial flights away from the slope went great without issues or a crash but there was a lot of guffawing from the peanut gallery because the wings flex so much. Have only flown it in high winds so far, and I believe it would be still more fun in calmer winds. Slopes okay but not great in high winds. Doesn't really penetrate that well and the long flexible wings are just strange in turbulence. Going to reinforce the wings with shipping tape or maybe even strips of carbon fiber and add rudder control for this weekend. Great plane to have. (Posted on 4/10/13)
- excelent value Review by cuda-daddy
2nd = the elevator and vertical stabilizer attach to the fuselage with double sided tape and i have already broken off half of my elevator so repairing the elevator is a challenge.
3rd = i almost ripped the fuselage apart trying to remove the canopy. its not just magnetic, there are magnets and a slight lip on the canopy also. the side of the canopy , where the screws are , must be pulled away from the fuselage and then lifted up .
Now, despite all of that i still give it 5 stars because i feel the cost makes it all o.k. if you have some experience working with foam this is a easy plane to work on and mod and flying with the 2200mah is possible also, yes its a little nose heavy but that doesn't bother me at all. i also use some tape to keep the wings secure to the fuse but still easy to disassemble when needed. the tape will take some paint off when you remove it but that doesn't bother me. i will buy another 1 or two when they become available. (Posted on 2/21/13)
- get what you pay for Review by terry
- Why did they use old Futaba - type plugs on the Rx connectors? Review by Big O
- Working on it Review by Big O
Ran the fan with the 2200 mAH Li-Po pack as it came out of the package, not charged yet. The thrust, noise and amount of air blowing out the tail pipe were very impressive. I couldn't charge the battery because I have an E-flite charger that came with a charge cord for a different connector. I will pick up a new cord or adapter at the Riverside store today.
You did not answer the questions about where the decals go (there is no picture or diagram to show this). Also how to color in the white spots where the paint came off. Also, why it is so much heavier than claimed in the instructions, and why no protective landing skid. (Posted on 11/23/12)
- Can't get the canopy off! Help!! Review by Big O
Put your fingers under the canopy at the point where the screws are and lift and move canopy to the side. The canopy is held by magnets this should allow enough separation to remove canopy. Let me know if this helps. Matt
I tried to carefully remove the canopy, but it resists a pull that is hard enough that my finger rubbed off some of the black coating on the fuselage. What is the secret? Must I remove the four screws? Its supposed to be a magnetic latch. Can I color the rubbed off spots with black marker pen, or will that attack the foam?
Where do the decals go? Do you know that the parts furnished weigh more than the total flight weight claimed in the manual, even before you add a Rx and battery? I looked in the tailpipe, and the high performance fan appears to be made of bent sheet metal! Shouldn't there be a skid or some tape to protect the bottom when it lands on pavement? Please answer soon, so I can fly it with the grandchildren on Thanksgiving. (Posted on 11/20/12)
- Very nice airplane Review by wings54
I enlarged the cooling air inlet and am planning to add a wheel. . I am going to add rudder control too. The plane should have had provisions for this and should have had a wheel. That's why only four stars. Great plane though..
(Posted on 10/8/12)
- Having a Blast with the Plane Review by Mark
Thanks Hobby People (Posted on 10/3/12)
- cheap servo Review by koji
- Great kit if you're ready for a build with a bit of imagination Review by "Crash"
- what a joke Review by plevys
(Posted on 9/17/12)
- flight and launching Review by joe
of the fus and are able to take off and land without hand launching. The U2
flys ok but could use a little power . I added a 70mm edf unit that made it much
better with a 14.8 lipo battery. (Posted on 9/15/12)