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RC Sport Airplanes

"Sport airplanes" is sort of a generic term given to models that are flown just for "fun" as opposed to competition. Although they require a bit more skill and experience than your typical trainer, it's safe to say they're generally more stable and forgiving than pattern planes designed for precision aerobatics.

There are literally hundreds of sport airplanes available. Below you will find some of the more popular choices to give you an idea of what's out there. Be sure to check out the suggestions from others visitors as well!

Hanger 9 Ultra Stick

The Ultra Stick is one of the most popular sports planes out there.

The Quad Flaps, which are basically 4 separate aileron surfaces each controlled by it's own servo, make this bird capable of some pretty insane maneuvers!

With a flip of a switch you can increase the lift to enable amazingly slow flight, vertical landings, and many other crazy stunts!

Hanger 9 Tango

The high-wing design of the Tango 40 sport airplane provides for very stable flight characteristics for an intermediate pilot.

At the same time, this airplane can perform just about any 3-D maneuver in the book!

This plane is great for intermediate pilots looking to learn some 3-D maneuvers. Power it with either a 2-stroke nitro engine, 4-stroke nitro engine or electric brushless motor.

Hanger 9 Pulse XT ARF

This semi-symmetrical low wing sport airplane can perform just about any classic aerobatic maneuver with ease, but it's no 3-D plane.

Another perfect airplane for the intermediate pilot to sharpen their aerobatic maneuvers.

Whether you prefer electric or glow, the Pulse XT is available in both 40 and 60 size and makes an excellent choice for an aerobatic sport plane.

Great Planes Super Sportster 40 MKII 

As you can probably guess by its name, the Super Sportster is one of the all time classic low wing sport planes.

Tons of RC pilots have transitioned from their trainers to this bird for learning and perfecting aerobatic maneuvers.

Great Planes has recently released the Mini Sportster Electric Powered ARF so that electric motor enthusiast as well as glow engine fanatics can enjoy this RC sport plane.

Sig Four Star

The Sig Four Star is probably the most common choice for a second airplane. The low wing semi-symmetrical airfoil makes this a very stable yet maneuverable sport airplane.

The kit version of the Four Star is a great first kit as it is a breeze to put together. The Four Star 40 was my first kit and my second nitro powered airplane.

The Four Star can be powered by either an electric motor or nitro engine.

Sig Somthin' Extra

If you've mastered the Four Star (or similar sport airplane) and are looking to push the envelope a little farther, this airplane's for you! This plane literally flies like it's on rails!

There are a few of these at my flying club and they sure are fun to watch! In addition to basic aerobatics, this plane is perfect for 3-D flight if you have the power.

Goldberg Tiger 2

The Goldberg Tiger 2 is very similar to the Sig Four Star except it has a symmetrical airfoil as opposed to the Four Star's semi-symmetrical airfoil.

The makes it a bit more "spunky" than the Four Star. This is also an excellent choice for your second airplane.

Great Planes Pete N Poke Kit

Great Planes Pete N Poke is a very slow flying, relaxing, less demanding type sport airplane. Set yourself apart from the rest of the guys at the field with this unique looking bird.

If you want one of these, you'll have to build it as it only comes in kit form. But I've heard it's a pretty easy kit to put together.

Show off YOUR favorite Sports Plane!

Is there a sports plane in your hanger that you'd like to brag about? Tell us about it! Let us know how it flies, what radio system you use, and the kind of motor/engine that you have.

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Converted Midwest Super Hots 60 
Originally built around 1989 and powered with a Super Tigre .60, I recently converted my Super Hots to electric power and completely finished it. I …

Midwest Super Hots 
Here is a real fun sport plane, if you are lucky enough to find one. The Midwest Super Hots 60. Arguably one of the best sport planes ever designed, …

Slow Poke Sport 40 Kit by Great Planes 
The Slow Poke Sport 40 Kit was the third RC airplane kit that have I built. I was looking for a slow relaxing plane to build and fly. The Slow Poke Sport …

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5 Steps for Successful First Flight!

When the RC bug bites, it bites hard!

Control yourself my friend!

Save yourself much time and money by following these five steps to success!


1:Choose the Right Plane

2: Understand the Physics of Flight

3: Learn the Controls!

4: Join a Club

5: Buy a Simulator