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F-16 Thunderbirds 70mm EDF Jet BNF Basic with AS3X and SAFE Select

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F-16 Thunderbirds 70mm EDF Jet BNF Basic with AS3X and SAFE Select

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Product Details

The E-flite F-16 Thunderbirds 70mm EDF has been updated and upgraded with a higher performance power system, Smart electronics, plus optional-use thrust reversing. This makes it the easiest to fly and highest performance mid-sized F-16 yet!
Key Features
  • Updated and upgraded with a higher performance power system, Smart electronics, plus optional-use thrust reversing
  • The easiest to fly high-performance “full-house” F-16 EDF (Electric Ducted Fan) jet model yet
  • Upgraded and factory-installed 6S-compatible 3060-1900Kv brushless inrunner motor plus 85A ESC
  • Popular 6S 3200–4000mAh 30+C batteries deliver excellent performance and flight times
  • Spektrum AR631 receiver with fly-by range telemetry and industry-leading DSMX® technology
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In The Box
  • (1) E-flite F-16 Thunderbirds 70mm EDF with:
  • (1) Spektrum Avian 85A Smart Lite Brushless ESC (installed)
  • (1) Spektrum 1900Kv Brushless Inrunner Motor (installed)
  • (6) Spektrum Digital, Metal-Geared Servos (installed)
  • (1) Spektrum AR631 6-Channel Receiver (installed)
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Needed to Complete
  • Full-range 6–7+ channel Spektrum DSMX®/DSM2® compatible transmitter
  • 6S 22.2V 3200–4000mAh 30+C LiPo with EC5 or IC5 Connector
  • Compatible LiPo charger
F-16 Thunderbirds 70mm EDF Jet BNF Basic with AS3X and SAFE Select

Introduction

The Lockheed Martin F-16 is one of the most popular and recognizable single-engine fighters in the world. Its amazing performance and capabilities are why the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team chooses to operate it with distinction at airshows around the globe. The E-flite® F-16 Thunderbirds 70mm EDF is a scale replica that delivers incredible performance while also being easier to take off and land than other similar class models because this Bind-N-Fly Basic model is equipped with exclusive AS3X® and SAFE® Select technologies. This updated and upgraded version also includes a higher performance Spektrum motor and 85A Avian Smart Lite ESC for added speed and vertical performance, plus delivers real-time telemetry data via the AR631 receiver!

Features

  • Updated and upgraded with a higher performance power system, Smart electronics, plus optional-use thrust reversing
  • The easiest to fly high-performance “full-house” F-16 EDF (Electric Ducted Fan) jet model yet
  • Scale replica of the iconic aircraft flown by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team
  • 12-blade 70mm fan delivers excellent top speed and vertical performance plus a turbine-like sound
  • Upgraded and factory-installed 6S-compatible 3060-1900Kv brushless inrunner motor plus 85A ESC
  • Extremely wide performance envelope and speed range, capable of top speeds up to 100+ MPH
  • Popular 6S 3200–4000mAh 30+C batteries deliver excellent performance and flight times
  • 85-amp Spektrum Avian Smart Lite ESC provides real-time battery voltage, current draw, RPM, and other data – with Smart and non-Smart batteries – via compatible transmitters
  • Optional-use thrust reversing to help shorten rollout after landing and for other special ground handling capabilities
  • Spektrum AR631 receiver with fly-by range telemetry and industry-leading DSMX® technology
  • Easier to fly with innovative and optional-use SAFE® Select flight envelope protection
  • The unmatched stability and locked-in feel of exclusive AS3X® technology
  • Steerable nose wheel and electric retracts with shock-absorbing struts for operation from a variety of surfaces
  • Six fast and precise digital, metal-geared servos with ball-link equipped linkages
  • Plastic capped strakes for added durability to prevent damage and paint chipping
  • Includes a decal sheet to apply the Thunderbird number designation of your choice
  • Easy final assembly with removable wings and a magnetically-secured nose cone
  • Convenient top hatch with clear canopy, cockpit detail, and a pilot figure
  • Durable yet lightweight, composite-reinforced EPO airframe

Overview

The E-flite® F-16 Thunderbirds 70mm EDF jet is a scale replica of the iconic aircraft flown by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team. Like the full-scale airshow thriller, this F-16 has an incredibly wide performance envelope—from slow and stable high-alpha flight to amazing high-speed and vertical capabilities. At the core of this updated and upgraded version is a higher-performance 6S-compatible brushless motor plus an 85-amp ESC that are matched to a 12-blade fan to deliver an abundance of speed, thrust, and a turbine-like sound. Factory-installed electric retracts with shock-absorbing struts make it possible to take off from and land on a variety of surfaces, including manicured grass, while keeping ground handling smooth and delivering a realistic scale experience. The composite-reinforced EPO airframe is lightweight yet strong, and the digital, metal-geared servos plus ball-link equipped linkages provide precise control. And it all combines to deliver one of the easiest to fly, yet highest performance, most capable and feature-rich mid-sized F-16 models ever!

This BNF® Basic version model includes a factory-balanced and installed 12-blade 70mm fan, matched to a larger 1900Kv brushless inrunner motor, plus an 85-amp Avian Smart Lite ESC that work together to deliver an abundance of speed and thrust. With this updated and upgraded power system, the F-16 70mm now has even better vertical performance and more speed than the previous version making it capable of level flight top speeds well over 100 MPH and nearly unlimited vertical performance with 6S 3200mAh to 4000mAh batteries. It’s also equipped with a factory-installed Spektrum AR631 receiver featuring exclusive AS3X and optional-use SAFE Select technologies. When using compatible AirWare-equipped transmitters, the receiver and Smart Lite ESC supply overall battery voltage, current draw, motor RPM, and other telemetry data in real-time — with Smart and non-Smart batteries. And with a 7+ channel transmitter, you can also take advantage of the optional-use thrust reversing to shorten rollouts after landing and for other special ground handling capabilities.

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Exclusive Technologies
Exclusive Technologies

This mid-sized F-16 model is equipped with exclusive Spektrum™ AS3X® and SAFE® Select technologies. AS3X works behind the scenes to smooth out the effects of wind and turbulence to deliver a locked-in feel that makes it seem like you’re flying a much larger airplane. Optional-use SAFE Select offers pitch and bank angle limits along with automatic self-leveling that can be turned on and off at the flip of a switch! And if you don’t want to enable the SAFE Select features, simply bind the receiver normally and only AS3X will be active.

 

Smart Technology
Smart Technology

The exclusive Spektrum Avian Smart Lite ESC provides a variety of real-time power system-related telemetry data including overall battery voltage, current draw, motor RPM, and more – with Smart and non-Smart batteries – via compatible receivers (including the AR631) and Spektrum AirWare™ equipped transmitters (including the DX6e and 8e, DX6 G2/3 and 8 G2, the DX9, NX6 to 20, iX12 to 20 and others) while you fly. Plus, optional-use motor/thrust reversing can help shorten rollout after landing and offers other special ground handling capabilities (7+ channel transmitter required for reversing).

 

Higher Performance
Higher Performance

The 12-blade 70mm fan, upgraded 1900Kv brushless inrunner motor and 85-amp ESC combine with your 6S 3200–4000mAh 30+C LiPo battery to deliver nearly unlimited vertical performance and a fantastic speed range with virtually instantaneous throttle response. But what makes the experience truly rewarding is the amazing sound produced by the power system—it’s almost like a real turbine engine.

 

Capable Gear
Capable Gear

The steerable nose wheel and main gear feature reliable electric retract units equipped with metal components to deliver excellent ground handling. Plus, the shock-absorbing struts make it possible to operate from a variety of paved, dirt and even some manicured grass surfaces.

 

Durable Precision
Durable Precision

The lightweight yet durable EPO airframe is composite-reinforced for added strength and stiffness, which combines with the factory-installed digital, metal-geared servos with ball-link equipped linkages to deliver crisp and precise control at every speed.

 

Unmatched Maneuverability
Unmatched Maneuverability

The F-16's unique design offers incredible handling through a wide flight envelope and speed range. It's capable of rock-solid high-speed flight so you can perform locked-in low-level flybys and aerobatic maneuvers including giant loops, point rolls, and more. It’s also capable of slowing down to deliver smooth and stable high-alpha flight and for easier landings.

 

SAFE technology
SAFE technology
Bind-N-Fly Completion Level Advantage

Already own a Spektrum™ transmitter? Bind-N-Fly (BNF) aircraft make getting into the air quickly and with the best control experience possible easier than ever. They come out of the box with the power system, servos and a Spektrum 2.4GHz receiver installed so all you need to do is bind the receiver to a compatible transmitter, finish any final assembly, and fly!

This Bind-N-Fly Basic model is equipped with a Spektrum 2.4GHz DSMX® receiver featuring AS3X (Artificial Stabilization–3-aXis) technology that works behind the scenes to smooth out the effects of wind and turbulence. The result is a heightened sense of stability and precision that makes you feel like you're flying a much larger, expertly tuned aircraft.

If this is your first model of its type, or you want an extra margin of safety while familiarizing yourself with the airplane, you can enable the optional-use SAFE® Select flight envelope protection technology built into the receiver. No programming is required. Simply change up the binding sequence as directed in the manual.


With SAFE Select enabled, you get:

Pitch and Bank Angle Limits

  • These envelope limits keep the airplane from rolling or pitching upside down. They also prevent excessive climb or dive angles.

Automatic Self-Leveling

  • The airplane instantly returns to and holds level flight when the sticks are released and in the center position. It's also helpful for keeping the wings level during takeoffs/launches and landings.

Easy Switch Assignment—No Complex Programming Required

  • The simple procedure for assigning a transmitter switch to turn SAFE Select features on and off doesn't require any complex programming and takes just a few seconds.

If you don't want to enable the SAFE Select features, just bind the receiver normally and it will function like a standard AS3X receiver.

Product Specifications

Product Weight Without Battery: 74oz (2090g), With Recommended 6S 3200mAh Battery: 93oz (2630g)
Fan Size 70mm EDF
Motor Type Brushless
Charger Sold Separately
Receiver Included
Radio Sold Separately
Technology AS3X, SAFE Select
Power Type Electric
Skill Level Level 2
Wingspan 32.01" (813 mm)
Approximate Assembly Time Less than 1 hour
Material EPO
Retracts Included
Battery Sold Separately
Connector Type IC5
Motor Size 3060-1900Kv 4-Pole
Product Length 49.53" (1258 mm)
LiPo Compatibility 6S
Completion Level Bind-N-Fly Basic
Recommended Motor Battery 6S 22.2V 3200–4000mAh 30+C LiPo with EC5 or IC5 Connector