Modifying upper cowl mounting using 1/2 x 1/2-inch hardwood blocks will make removing the
has a 700-foot long textile runway and a 1,200-foot grass
runway. The club’s president and field owner, Tim Johnson, has
plenty of room to get his full-scale Piper Super Cruiser in and
out of this great field!
Thanks to this long runway, it’s easy to get enough flying
speed before taking off—definitely a requirement with the
Skyraider. The airplane flies like a heavy-metal warbird. This
one is not a floater at all, and must have plenty of speed to get
off the ground.
After it was airborne, the A- 1 was trimmed and flew in a
scalelike manner at approximately two-thirds throttle. It flew
exactly where I pointed it!
I set up the A- 1 to drop the flaps approximately 1 inch on
a 2-second delay, allowing the Skyraider to be slowed down
a bit. The flaps did cause a slight ballooning effect when
dropped, but backing off the throttle brought the airplane
I did not bother programming down-elevator into the flaps,
but it could be done. While the flaps were down, I dropped
the rotating retracts for a “dirty” flyby. The Skyraider looked
nice, and didn’t mind the excess drag with a little more power
I pulled up the gear and flaps, and pushed the throttle stick
to full power. The A- 1 is definitely not a Reno racer, but it
moves out nicely. At full throttle, the Skyraider looked good
performing strafing runs over the runway!
I attempted a few basic aerobatic maneuvers, and the
Skyraider did well! Loops, high banked turns, and rolls were
easily performed, and the airplane looked good while doing
these scalelike maneuvers!
With that, the 8-minute timer told me it was time to land. I
again dropped the flaps and retracts and brought the Skyraider
back to the ground. Landing was easy with a little power kept
The textile runway was the toughest part of the landing.
The fabric is stretched over the ground, but it isn’t perfectly
smooth. Several bumps in the runway caused the airplane
to bounce back into the air a couple of
The rough landing was also partly
because of the stiff wire gear in the
E-flite retracts. These retracts are
capable of being used on a model
nearly twice the size of the Skyraider,
so the gear is extremely robust. The
retract mounts in the wing are tough
though, and held up well to the rough
Back under the protection of my
shade tent, I removed and tested the
Skyraider’s battery. An 8-minute flight
used roughly 70% of my 6S 5,000 mAh
LiPo battery pack. I can live with that,
plus it provides a little backup in case
of a go-around situation.
Subsequent flights during the
event brought lots of attention to the
The A- 1 handled well through the additional flights and
required no trim or flight changes as the day’s temperature
climbed. In all, the warbird performed well and looked great in
I like the new Seagull Models A- 1 Skyraider. Assembly was
so easy that it could be done without the instructions (but I
don’t recommend it). The airplane looks great on the ground
and in the air, and it flies well if you respect the aircraft type.
If you’re looking for an airplane that will fly slowly and have
a light wing loading, this will not be that airplane. However, if
you want a warbird that flies the way a warbird should, you’ll
feel right at home on the sticks!
As I mentioned, by the time you read this, the A- 1 Skyraider
ARF will be available from Sig and it will have an instruction
manual and all of the correct hardware!
Sig Manufacturing Co.
WATTS over Owatonna/SMMAC
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