Virtually all Jet Hangar International aircraft have flown with turbine engines in them. Installing turbines into our aircraft is relatively simple. Below are five examples of turbine installations for our aircraft: Our F-86 Sabre/FJ-2/3 Fury with a Wren MW-44, our BAe Hawk ARF with a Wren MW-54. The North American F-86F is with a RAM 500. The Grumman F9F-8 Cougar and the Dassault Mirage / IAI Kfir are fitted with the Golden West FD 3/67 turbine.
Currently we are flying our F-86 Sabre/FJ-2/3 Fury with a Wren MW-44 turbine engine and Wren designed, double-walled augmenter tailpipe. The aircraft weighs in at 12 1/2 lbs ready to fly and has exceptional performance. Carrying 32 onces of fuel, we get 8-9 minutes of flight time. The MW-44 engine is a perfect match for this aircraft. Very scale with good vertical, great high speed performance and that perfect sound. The aircraft cg's perfectly requiring no additional weight in the nose for balance.
Top two photos show installation of the Sullivan 32 oz. fuel tank, Wren MW-44, and the additionally installed electronics including the brake valve with brake actuator servo (linked to down elevator). Third photo showing the "business end" of the Wren designed thrust augmenter pipe. Fourth picture is a shot of this aircraft doing what it does best. :) Additional pictures and information (including video!) can be found on our F-86 Sabre/FJ-2/3 Fury page.
Currently we are flying our BAe Hawk ARF with a Wren MW-54 turbine engine and Wren designed, double-walled augmenter tailpipe. The aircraft has exceptional performance! The MW-54 engine is a perfect match for this aircraft.
Top two photos show installation of 3 ea. Sullivan 16 oz. fuel tanks with gasoline stoppers, Wren MW-54, and brake valve with brake actuator servo (linked to down elevator). A fourth tank has been installed at the top of the inlet between the tanks directly forward of the turbine, providing a total of 64 oz. of fuel. The lower two photos show front and back of the stainless steel/titanium double-walled augmenter tube. The dry weight of the aircraft with the turbine installation is 12 lbs, only 1/2 lb heavier than the ducted fan installation. Only an additional 1.5 oz of nose weight was required for balancing. (Kit Features and Specifications)
Recently, a RAM 500 turbine powered F-86F Sabre has taken to the skys. Dean Wichmann of Canada has completed several flights thus far on the aircraft. The aircraft weighs in at 14 lbs. ready for take-off and soars through the air with the grace, beauty and sound of its full size counterpart. Speeds upwards of 160 mph are easily attained while maintaining the low landing speeds and stability that this aircraft excels in. (Kit Features and Specifications)
Jet Hangar International has completed engineering and flight evaluations of their F9F-8 Cougar which has been converted to turbine operations. The aircraft is powered with a Golden West FD 3/67 turbojet engine. The Cougar take-off weight is 13 to 14 pounds which includes 50 ounces of fuel. The flight speed is consistently from 140 to 150 MPH with a landing speeds at 15 -25 MPH. (Kit Features and Specifications)
Flight testing has begun on the Jet Hangar International KFIR C-2. The KFIR C-2 is powered with a Golden West Models FD 3/67 turbine engine. This aircraft take-off weight is approximately 13-14 pounds and carries 64 ounces of Jet -A. The KFIR C-2 is an excellent subject for turbine engines. (Kit Features and Specifications)