AC RA-3 'Skua'
by HolidayTheLeek
uploaded 2021-10-06
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SPH
stock+DLC aircraft
#floatplane #seaplane #racer #monoplane #propeller

Description

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The RA-3 was the airspeed world record holder from the 11th June - 9th September, 881, reaching a top speed of 380km/h at the Port George Air Race - the Troscan Kingdom’s largest air race at the time.
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History

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Several ancient lost technologies from the lost Tyran Empire were uncovered by the Arcan Whaling Firm after an undersea survey for oil and natural gas in 875. Amongst these lost technologies were the secrets to flight in the form of blueprints for ancient Tyran warplanes. However, as the Arcan Whaling Firm - or even any of the Troscan Empire at the time - did not yet possess the technological prowess to completely reverse engineer the complex stressed aluminium structures of the ancient warplanes. Instead, a more familiar wood and fabric construction was used, akin to the observational kites and gliders already being produced by the company. The resultant aircraft flew the following year and was a small, fabric-covered biplane and marked the first time mankind had achieved powered flight since the fall of the Tyran Empire. Blueprints were sold to the Troscan Government who then sold copies to the highest bidder, thus fueling the early pioneer era of aviation. Several pioneers were already competing to fly the fastest and as such, in the calm waters of Port George, the first formal air race was established.
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The RA-3 was built by pilot and engineer Reginald Archford in preparation for the the Port George Air Race of 881. The aircraft featured novel features at the time, such as an (at the time) uncommon monoplane arrangement and a wooden, semi-monocoque fuselage - both reducing drag. The wings were conventionally constructed from fabric and had external struts to support them. To provide the power the aircraft needed, a custom built six-cylinder inline which, gave the aircraft 360hp.
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The aircraft’s record was eventually broken on the 9th of September by the Stanley IV biplane, which, remained the last biplane to hold the airspeed record.

Specifications

MANUFACTURER
Reginald Archford
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UNITS PRODUCED
1
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SERVICE LIFE
881 - 882
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TOP SPEED
102m/s (in game)

Details

  • Type: SPH
  • Class: aircraft
  • Part Count: 795
  • Pure Stock
  • KSP: 1.12.2

Instructions

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HOW TO TAKEOFF

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1) Move to water (either use hack gravity, vessel mover or ingame ship teleporter)
2) Press R for takeoff/landing flaps
3) Hold down S and full throttle until the aircraft takes off
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HOW TO LAND

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1) Press R for takeoff/landing flaps
2) Slow down to ~16m/s
3) Land with the nose facing up, tail first to avoid flipping over. Landings should be short and abrupt as to not flip the aircraft over.

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