ESM A1 Skyraider Color B Gray 71″ Wingspan Model ARF

This video shows the ESM Skyraider in the Frank Tiano Scheme. This Skyraider �B� color scheme is the same plane with different graphics

Tips for Electric Conversion: Click here to view a RCU thread on electric conversion of a Hurricane This size motor, the E-Flight Power 160 or equivalent is more than enough power for the 80″ ESM planes. It can also be used with the 72″ ESM planes with smaller batteries.

ESM Douglas A-1 Skyraider 71″ wingspan “Grey” Version – Color Scheme A

The Douglas A-1 Skyraider produced by ESM, is yet another top notch RC scale airplane design to excite you with both appearance and performance. ESM of China has been importing RC scale airplanes into the USA and Canada for a few years now, and in that time ESM has become recognized as a new industry leader in highly detailed, great flying, ARF’s. Not only are the ESM ARF’s highly detailed, and great flying, they are extremely affordable for anyone to enjoy!

The A-1 Skyraider, as with all of ESM’s RC scale airplanes, come already painted at the factory with a very high quality enamel paint which is resistant to oil, grease, and fuels (and can be painted over for weathering and the like), have pre-applied decals (which are then covered with a clear coat at the factory), have factory functional flaps (if the full scale version also had flaps), and come with one of the more complete hardware packages anywhere…including screws, rods, fuel tanks…etc.

Most ESM scale RC airplanes have poly resin fiberglass fuselages, with the wings being typical built up, and then covered with an etched polyester film, which is then painted for a perfect match! While all ESM scale RC planes come from the factory with conventional gear and wheels, ESM also offers a complete line of retracts for each individual plane, adding to the level of scale realism that all scale pilots look for in an ARF. It doesn’t end there, ESM offers separately a full line of scale accessories like bombs, gear doors, pilots, external fuel tanks and more, specifically designed to help those builders who want the most realism possible, without having to spend hours designing and building all these extra scale goodies.

Here at TBM we know that things can happen, and because of this, we work very hard with ESM to provide you with many spare parts. Simply refer to your warranty for further information as to parts availability.


Length:54″ (1380mm)Wing Span:71″ (1800mm)Wing area:6.09 sq. ft. (56.6 sq dm)Wing Loading:31.9oz/sq.ft (97.2 g/sq dm)Flying Weight:12lbs. (5.5 kg) *Weight InformationRadio:6ch & 9servosGas Engine:26cc to 36cc (We highly recommend the PTE-36)Glow Engine:1.08 2 cycle or 1.20 4 cycleProp Recommendations: :Biela 16×8 or 17.3×8 4 bladeServo Recommendations: :100 oz-sq-in minimum – HD-1501, Hitec 645MG, Hitec 5645MG, DS-8309TG


The ESM Douglas A-1 Skyraider, as with all of ESM’s scale models, is loaded with features never before found in such low priced ARF’s, resulting in highly detailed, great looks, and great flying ARF’s!

The detailed fuselage is poly resin fiberglass, with scale panel lines and rivets molded right in. Wings are typical built up construction, include pre-designed cavity’s and mounting blocks for optional scale retracts, and have factory constructed flaps, all of which is then factory covered with an etched polyester film. All parts are finally expertly painted right at ESM’s factory, and once dry, all scale decals are pre-applied, and are then covered with a factory clear coat for protection.

All ESM planes are painted with a very high quality enamel paint which is resistant to oil, grease, and fuels. The high gloss paints are of course easier to clean than the low gloss. These paints can be painted over for weathering and the like.

The ESM Skyraider comes from the factory with conventional gear and wheels, and one of the more complete hardware packages anywhere…including screws, rods, fuel tanks…etc. ESM also offers a complete line of retracts for each individual plane, adding to the level of scale realism that all scale pilots look for in an ARF.


These pictures show the ESM Skyraider in the Frank Tiano Scheme. This Skyraider “A” color scheme is the same plane with different graphics


The Douglas A-1 Skyraider was initially developed during WWII to perform as a carrier based long-range torpedo/dive bomber. It missed the second world war by a few months, but quickly proved itself as a reliable performer, capable of carrying a tremendous amount of ordinance on seven hard-points under each wing, while maintaining excellent low speed manoeuvrability. It could loiter on target for much longer periods than faster aircraft, and deliver its substantial load of ordinance with greater precision.

These design characteristics resulted in the A-1 Skyraider seeing substantial combat missions in Korea, and later in Vietnam�it proved extremely beneficial. Although the USN and USMC were beginning to phase out the Skyraider in favour of the A-6 Intruder, it continued to see substantial service, with many being transferred to the USAF. They were then used in a close support role, particularly with the Air Rescue and Recovery Service, as they protected downed pilots until HH-3 Jolly Green Giants were able to extract them to safety. It also saved the lives of hundreds of servicemen who were facing imminent harm, thanks to its ability to deliver ordinance in close proximity to ground forces. At least two USAF pilots received the Congressional Medal of Honour for actions they undertook while flying the Douglas A-1 Skyraider.

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