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The Barracuda is an almost hypersonic gyrodyne featuring a shielded turboshaft engine cooled by radiators.
Its low drag combined with ramjet engines makes it one of the fastest stock rotorcraft.
A stock aircraft called KG-3 Barracuda. Built with 80 of the most aerodynamic and heat resistant parts.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.3.1.
- Type: SPH
- Class: aircraft
- Part Count: 80
- Pure Stock
The aircraft has 2 modes of operation: helicopter mode and airplane mode. In helicopter mode, the rotor is used to provide vertical lift while the ramjet engines are shut down. Use the autority limiter of the rotor blades as a collective (pin down the window). You can fine tune with throttle. Use the vertical speed gauge at the top of the screen to adjust your vertical speed. Put a negative authority limiter on the ground to keep the craft firmly in place.
To make the transition to airplane mode, activate the ramjet engines. As the aircraft gain speed, gradually reduce the collective to 0 and shut down the rotor.
To get back to helicopter mode do the same steps in reverse. However do not activate the rotor while you travel too fast or you will experience dissymmetry of lift. That is, the aircraft will pitch up or roll. You can adjust the collective to reduce this effect.
Add/remove fuel as you need but keep the weight balanced around the rotor. Do not use the tail tanks.
Do not change the pitch too fast while going supersonic or be prepared for Rapid Unplanned Disassembly™.
The ramjet engines are more efficient at high altitude and speed while the turboshaft engine is more efficient at lower altitude and speed.
To embark/dissembark, raise the landing gear to lower the craft. Use the wing as a step. There is no ladder for aerodynamic reasons.
Speed: Mach 4.5
Range: 3300 km
Max hover altitude: 5km
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