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An ultralight aircraft, the Kestrel is the last word in cheap and effective trans-Kerbin aircraft. Inside its (structural) fuselage are 2 Oscar-B tanks, 2 fuel cells and a pair of reaction wheels, leaving plenty of room for transporting Stuff ™. There are also 2 more Oscar-B tanks on which the motors are mounted. However, the solar plating produces over 30EC/s on a sunny day, plenty to run the motors.
To fly the craft, after spinning up the motors press [F12] to view aerodynamic overlay. Then press [K] until the arrows pointing forwards are as long as possible. As the aircraft accelerates and the lines decrease in length, tap [I] to increase their length. In this manner the craft can cruise at 225m/s easily, getting over 250m/s in a shallow dive.
It is very maneuverable, which makes for comparatively easy takeoff and landing. You can decrease speed for landing by tapping the [K] or [I] keys, making the aerodynamic lines point backwards. Be careful though as the landing gear are not much longer than the prop blades, and if you make a mistake and land nose-down you might lose a blade.
For more info on flying propellor planes, view my tutorial!
A stock aircraft called Kestrel. Built with 71 of the finest parts, its root part is Mk1 Inline Cockpit.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.7.3.
- Type: SPH
- Class: ship
- Part Count: 71
- Pure Stock