SR-71 Blackbird – Scratch-built Maiden Flight

This is my latest scratch-built project, an all-foamboard SR-71 Blackbird, in its NASA livery. The plans were downloaded from RCGroups [click here for the link to build your own]. Construction was straight-foward and took about 3 hours. I used 2 sheets of black foamboard bought from Office Depot. Here are some additional specs: - 2 x 9gram servos - 2200 kv 2826 Turnigy Motor - 6 X 4 APC prop - 30 amps ESC - 1,300 mAh 3S lipo, 35C discharge Future enhancements: As you can see in the video, the plane wing-rocks at high alpha manouvers so I'm going to install a second generation 3-axis gyro from OrangeRX. I also ordered a couple of 4 cell 1,000 mAh batteries for additional speed. Stay tuned!



Julian Melo

Julian Melo has been around the R/C hobby since 2001. His first plane was PT-40 trainer from Great Planes he built as a kit, powered by an O.S. 40 engine. Nowadays you can find him flying fast EDFs or FPV multirotors. Professionally, he's an L.A-based web developer, Wordpress ninja & SEO Analyst. He is quite fond of good coffee, gadgets and loud garage rock. Check out his site/portfolio at or read his technology blog. He also recently started a new site/podcast titled UAV not Drone. Check it out!