flying legend warbirds for south africa
In a major breakthrough for Flying Frontiers, we are thrilled to bring the Flying Legend Replica Warbirds to the southern African market for the first time.
After more than 2 years of discussion and negotiation, Craig was invited to Sicily to fly the Tucano and meet the team behind these aircraft. In May 2015 he visited the factory in the historic town of Caltagirone in southeastern Sicily, and was given the opportunity to put the Tucano's through their paces under the watchful eye of their ex-military test pilot, Francesco.
Whatever doubts he may have had over these aircraft's pedigrees were soon put to rest, as Craig left Sicily in no doubt that these aircraft would be a fantastic addition to the modern aircraft on offer in South Africa, and would also offer a unique flying experience to those enthusiast who want to fly a real "pilots" aircraft, with seat of the pants, instinctive handling, raw guts, and the pace and strength to handle most basic aerobatic maneuvers.
At this stage 3 models are available, the Tucano-R, Tucano LSA and Hurricane replicas. All models are available in either Advanced Kit, Quick-Build Kit or Ready to fly ex Italy.
Flying Frontiers has ordered a Tucano-R Quick Build kit with the new +6-3G wings on an airframe rated to 650kg's, retractable undercarriage and CS prop. We expect delivery of the container in late December or January 2016, and have it flying in time for the 2016 airshow circuit.
Owner of Flying Legend, Franco Rummolini is a man passionate about his aircraft, and has meticulously tried to craft each replica as closely as possible to the original, both in external appearance and within the cockpit. Obviously harnessing the power and performance of a warbird into an LSA aircraft to be flown by average pilots, requires some compromise, but after flying the Tucano-R in particular, Craig was impressed with the fine and crisp handling of the aircraft and their fantastic maneuverability. Visibility from the large bubble cockpit was spectacular, and the low stall speeds and large control surfaces left a lasting impression of an aircraft that was safe and stable at low speeds and in the stall, but yet when pushed hard retained all the attributes of a genuine throroughbred fighter.
These aircraft are the real McCoy and now our only dilemma remains what paint scheme to paint our new "warbird"!!