This is my E-Flite P-51 Mustang Unboxing, Build, Maiden Flight, and Review video. In it I unbox, build, fly, and review the new full-house Dallas Doll P-51 Mustang from E-Flite.
This is the BNF Basic, which means it doesn’t come with a battery or a charger. It does come with a receiver to bind to your Spektrum radio such as a Spektrum DX6 like I used in the maiden flight in this video.
This is my first park flyer sized P-51 in this E-Flite Mustang and it is the first plane I have every owned that comes complete with flaps and retracts, which was a bit intimidating to say the least.
The video is packed full of scale low passes much like I have tried to do with my Parkzone P-51 Mustang RC Plane videos along with some loops and rolls. This plane much like my Parkzone Ultra Micro P-51, is nicely detailed overall and looks so scale in the air! Not only that, the AS3X technology make it very stable in the air even in fairly swirly wind! That helps keep you from crashing your plane and we all know none of us like to crash our planes….at least those of us that are sane.
This updated E-flite Parkflyer version of the P-51D Mustang is so much fun to fly that I am happy to show you how this WW2 RC airplane flies! Horizon Hobby and E-flite did an amazing job with this RC plane. I am still in awe of how well it flies and how good it looks. It was modeled after the “Dallas Doll” North American P-51 Mustang warbird and this one certainly looks the part.
Flight Review Notes:
– Paint flakes off way too easy and glue is required
– Arrived with dinged up flap
– Slightly underpowered
– Tracks really well right out of the box
– Quick and easy build overall
– Comes with flaps and retracts
My overall conclusion is that If you are on the fence about buying this like I was, jump off and get your piece of World War II history today. None of the issues I had impacted the flight performance or anything else in a negative way.
This is what Wikipedia has to say about the plane this is modeled after, which is the North American P-51 Mustang:
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a specification issued directly to NAA by the British Purchasing Commission. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed and, with an engine installed, first flew on 26 October.
From late 1943, P-51Bs (supplemented by P-51Ds from mid-1944) were used by the USAAF’s Eighth Air Force to escort bombers in raids over Germany, while the RAF’s 2 TAF and the USAAF’s Ninth Air Force used the Merlin-powered Mustangs as fighter-bombers, roles in which the Mustang helped ensure Allied air superiority in 1944. The P-51 was also in service with Allied air forces in the North African, Mediterranean and Italian theaters, and saw limited service against the Japanese in the Pacific War. During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft shot down.[nb 2]
At the start of the Korean War, the Mustang was the main fighter of the United Nations until jet fighters such as the F-86 took over this role; the Mustang then became a specialized fighter-bomber. Despite the advent of jet fighters, the Mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s. After World War II and the Korean War, many Mustangs were converted for civilian use, especially air racing, and increasingly, preserved and flown as historic warbird aircraft at airshows.
In the aftermath of WW II, the USAAF consolidated much of its wartime combat force and selected the P-51 as a “standard” piston-engine fighter, while other types, such as the P-38 and P-47, were withdrawn or given substantially reduced roles. As the more advanced (P-80 and P-84) jet fighters were introduced, the P-51 was also relegated to secondary duties.
In 1947, the newly formed USAF Strategic Air Command employed Mustangs alongside F-6 Mustangs and F-82 Twin Mustangs, due to their range capabilities. In 1948, the designation P-51 (P for pursuit) was changed to F-51 (F for fighter), and the existing F designator for photographic reconnaissance aircraft was dropped because of a new designation scheme throughout the USAF. Aircraft still in service in the USAF or Air National Guard (ANG) when the system was changed included: F-51B, F-51D, F-51K, RF-51D (formerly F-6D), RF-51K (formerly F-6K), and TRF-51D (two-seat trainer conversions of F-6Ds). They remained in service from 1946 through 1951. By 1950, although Mustangs continued in service with the USAF after the war, the majority of the USAF’s Mustangs had become surplus to requirements and placed in storage, while some were transferred to the Air Force Reserve (AFRES) and the Air National Guard (ANG).