Freewing F-8 Crusader 64mm EDF Jet - PNP
64mm Freewing F-8 Crusader - Receiver Ready (PNP) - FJ10811P
The F-8 Crusader is revered as “The Last Gunfighter” because it was the final American fighter designed with guns as its principal armament. First flying in 1955 before playing a pivotal reconnaissance role in the Cuban Missile Crisis and serving with distinction in Vietnam, over 1,200 aircraft were built across many different variants. Revered as a “MiG Master” for its speed and lethality with both its guns and Sidewinder missiles, the F-8 Crusader earned a 19:3 kill ratio in air combat during the Vietnam conflict and went on to faithfully serve the US Navy and Marine Corps for three decades, even serving as a testbed platform with NASA to spearhead innovations that continue to impact modern aircraft design to this day.
Freewing and Motion RC are proud to present our rendition of the F-8 Crusader! Continuing the popularity of our Freewing Stinger 64, F9F Panther, and F-22 Raptor, the F-8 Crusader reintroduces our 64mm “Park Jet” series to pilots seeking standoff scale appearance of rarely modeled aircraft in an affordable and easy to own package.
The Freewing 64mm F-8 Crusader is designed to be an ideal first hand launch EDF, for novice pilots wanting to learn how an EDF jet handles versus a propeller driven model aircraft of a similar size. The Crusader’s high wing and ample thrust give the model good stability, even at low speeds. Assembly is straightforward, and using only two servos minimizes weight, complexity, and cost. The F-8 Crusader is configured to be flown using a radio that has Elevon mixing, as each side’s aileron and elevator surface are connected together. The model’s low wing loading and manageable slow speed handling in the landing pattern negated the need for a heavy and costly variable incidence wing. The battery bay can also accommodate a small gyro for additional stabilization.
Powered by an efficient 64mm 5 blade EDF fan unit, 30A ESC and 2627-4500kv brushless outrunner motor, the Freewing 64mm F-8 Crusader reaches a top speed of 110kph/68mph on an inexpensive 3s 1000mAh-2200mAh lipo battery with XT60 connector. While designed with simplified flight control surfaces and intended for hand launches and belly landing on grass runways, an optional landing gear set is sold separately for steerable operation on paved runways.
Being optimized for low cost doesn’t mean this Crusader lacks in scale appearance. Tired of generic looking mini EDF trainers? We believe even new pilots to the RC Flying hobby still appreciate the scale factor and historical pedigree of a tried and true warfighter, and the Crusader delivers top marks in its class. An accurate livery depicting Fighter Squadron VF-162, “The Hunters”, USS Oriskany 1968, is factory applied with low sheen waterslide decals, and the overall dimension of the model is true to scale, down to the asymmetric fuselage blisters, iconic gun ports, and silver painted leading edges. The livery we selected honors the aircraft flown by Commander Richard M. Bellinger, in which he was the first US Naval aviator to shoot down a MiG-21.
Earn your wings with this low cost and high value EDF jet, the Freewing F-8 Crusader!
Visit the Official Freewing 64mm F-8 Crusader Discussion Thread on HobbySquawk.com for additional photos, videos, reviews, and customer Q&A.
- Durable EPO Foam and Reinforced Construction
- Realistic Shape and Detailing
- Historical Livery Honoring US Naval Aviator
- Dynamically Balanced 5 Blade EDF Fan For Efficient Power
- Minimal Assembly
- Optional Steerable Landing Gear (Sold Separately)
- Freewing F-8 Crusader 64mm EDF Jet - PNP
- 4 Channel Radio - Select a minimum 4 channel radio from our Radio Collection
- 4 Channel Receiver - Select a minimum 4 channel receiver from our Receiver Collection
- 3 Cell 11.1V 1000 - 2200 mAh Li-Po Battery with XT60 Connector - We Recommend the Admiral 3s 11.1V 1600mAh Li-Po Battery with XT60 Connector
- 3 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 3 cell (3S) charger from our Charger Collection
Brushless 2627-4500kV Motor
30A, Internal BEC with XT60 Connector
Propeller / EDF
64mm 5-Blade EDF
9g digital standard with 100mm lead : elevator
3S 11.1V 1000 - 2200 mAh to 1800mAh 3 cell LiPo with XT60 Connector
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Great look, not so great flying
I’ve had this plane for over two years and I figured it would be time for a review. Looks great but it’s probably the least enjoyable edf in my fleet. The controls are very mushy so most maneuvers do not look clean and it barely has enough power to do a loop. The noise it makes is also unpleasant compared to other jets. If you are looking for a 64mm jet I would go the lippisch.
The over all fit and finish of the plane is excellent this is a great buy! I will be upgrading the fan but other than that it's good to go, I will be buying more of the Freewing "Toss" jets for sure.
Very Nice Out of the Box!
I haven’t had an opportunity to fly this F-8 yet, but it looked beautiful after I took it out of the box. Nice details and appearance.
I thought this was a cool plane to start into the Jet realm, but I'm having a lot of trouble getting it off the ground. 1st you tube I saw said to give it a little down flaps on the Ailerons to help with lift and up the elevator a tad, did that , threw it and it rolled left and crashed. 2nd time I put the Ailerons level and made sure the plane was square and checked the CG all good, another said use 95% power did that and it went straighter but stalled and crashed again. 3rd time I thought it was me and had my friend who's very good try it and pretty much the same effect climb and stall. I just wish I could buy a plane and get through the maiden without crashing.
Nice Jet But.
I really like the F8. But. I went through all the set up correctly and watched a couple of You Tubes including the Motion RC one. One of the you tubes says to set a little down Ailerons on both sides to form a little flap. I put the Correct 3s 2200 battery in and threw it and it torqued left and went straight down and I banged up the nose foam a little. Second attempt I put the Ailerons level and made sure the battery was back all the way and didn't go full throttle and it went up to fast and stalled and crashed again breaking the canopy foam in half and according the nose a little. I'm an Intermediate flyer and it's a shame that a little more instruction could be given, such as how much Throttle to give it or better set up info to produce a good first flight or warnings that it could torque left upon takeoff. I also made sure the wings and tail were square. Just hate seeing a nice looking jet have crumples on the first couple of flights. Thanks Mike
Beautiful F-8 Crusader
This is a fun LITTLE jet. It will definitely get your adrenaline flowing! It's definitely not a leisurely craft nor a floater; you have to be on top of your game for this one. It gets small pretty quickly, too, at under 22" of wingspan, so be prepared to “turn and burn”... often. I've flown it with 1800mAh and 2200mAh packs set all the way to the rear of the radio compartment. It handles either battery pack just fine, no modifications to the airframe required. The control throws recommended in the manual are ridiculously aggressive. Reduce them by half to start. I am not a fan of the mechanically linked elevators and flaperons. The roll is very snappy, but pitch control is mushy by comparison since the flaps and elevator are working against each other. Essentially, they are snap flaps that go the wrong way. I will be adding 2 more servos and mixing the aileron function with the elevators to retain roll control and removing the flap action completely with elevator input (up and down). This will also allow flaps to be used for landing - the one time you really DON'T want to be dumping lift with "up flap" deflection. Try not to land dead-stick, as this jet (much like the real one) drops like a brick once the power is gone. Dutch roll is noticeable with this jet. The wingspan is small with a lot of sweep, so the effect is less damped by the jet’s low roll inertia than on longer, heavier wings. My Freewing 64mm F-86 (33” WS) does not have nearly the Dutch roll that this jet does. Unlike another reviewer, I won’t drop a star because I bought a small airplane and then complain that it’s small. But it is small. However, I think this EDF would benefit from separate flap servos, and that is worth at least a star. Would the price go up? Probably, but 2 servos that retail for about $7 still shouldn’t put the price above $120. Overall, the plane looks great and flies okay. I am certain it will fly better after I decouple the elevators and flaperons.It definitely needs to have an experienced pilot at the sticks. I understand why some have struggled with this ship, especially with the very aggressive control throw recommendations. It is certainly NOT adequate for a second or even third (much less a first) airplane, but if you can handle a fast pattern ship, hotliner, or snappy aerobatic bird, you will probably have success with this beautiful model of “the Last Gunfighter”.
Redemption flight needed
Very nicely made plane. Looked great. Was hard to control do to the single controller. My son lost it on it's maiden flight as it crashed in a farmers field and was not recoverable. He had control but it was hard to see at the distance it was and was upside down, so an attempted climb, power dived into the ground.
Worst plane ever bought
I have purchased MANY planes and this one takes the cake. Came with a defective ESC and motor. Replaced both (ESC at my own expense) and still could not get this plane in the air with very experienced fliers helping along the way. I've seen many blogs saying you need to fly it with a 4 cell to get it up. That's unfortunate because it's advertised as a 3 cell plane, not a 4 cell. The Instructions for configuring Ailerons and elevators are very weak. BIG disaapointment!
Great little plane
What a great little plane. 3s flys good and get about 4 min on an 1800mah battery. I had an old 64mm stinger I pulled the ESC out of and wow. The move to 4s and 2200mah battery this thing came alive. Also achieved 4min flight with mixed throttle. The thing to remember as with all hand launchers it’s a light toss NOT a hard throw! This one will almost fly right out of your hand. Before gluing the wings on cut the battery bay about 4in back to achieve cg with out adding weight. I used. 1/8” dia carbon spare stuck through the side and cut flush with the outside of plane so the battery would not fall into duct. Hope this helps some have a successful experience. It truly is a great plane to toss and go :)
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