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443 ft. 5 in.
388 ft. 2 in.
2,000 light years
NOTE: This page has pictures, details, and specifications of over thirty F-27 Stryker type airplanes.
The F-27 Stryker is the fictitious aircraft, capable of space travel at faster than light speeds, featured in the Diane
Romanelli short story "Instead." It bears a strong resemblance to a 1950's jet fighter, but is much bigger.
Development of the F-27 Stryker, capable of flight throughout the cosmos, dates back to the begining of space exploration. The Soviet Union, Great Britain, Germany, and the United States all contributed to
the building of the space transport. It would have a range of 2,000 light years and a cruising speed of Warp 7.8. The vehicle would be propelled by anti-matter drive rather than rocket engines.
The high powered engines needed for the production space vehicle were still in development, so the prototype, completed in 1988, was fitted with the most powerful rocket engines available. The prototype had its
first flight on Sept. 29, 1988. Although, outside of the solar system, it achieved a speed of Warp 7, it did not have the range required to explore other solar systems. Despite this, production of the space transport,
to be fitted with warp drive engines, began.
The production F-27 Stryker made its first public appearance on July 22, 1990 in a low earth orbit. Features of the space transport included two primary undercarriage units housing 32 wheels each arranged in tandem on
the fuselage centerline, plus four wheel outriggers which retracted into the wingtips. Even the cargo compartment of the aircraft was pressurized for the transportation of pets.
Although the production F-27 Stryker met its range goals, the builders wanted improvements. More powerful, yet economical, X-7 warp drive engines were eventually fitted to the space transport. The first flight of this version
took place in 2005 when it reached a maximum speed of Mach 9.5.
The reliability of the X-7 engines became a concern as the space transport aged. A complete upgrade to it, including strengthening of all stressed parts, plus the fitting of new R-3A-X7F engines, was completed in 2018.
The book recounts that during a long range mission of exploration, the F-27 Stryker lands on a dying planet. This was part of its scientific mission to explore other civilizations. Its crew perishes when leaving the safety of the aircraft and are eaten by wild animals.
The F-27 Stryker is discovered by one of the planet's natives while she is far away from her village, searching for food. While exploring the space transport, she
actuates the controls and it transports her to a beautiful uninhabited
planet where the climate is ideal and food and water are plentiful.
She gets back into the F-27 Stryker and again activates the controls whereby it flies her back to her home planet. There she tells her people of the discovery. They board the Stryker and head back for the newly discovered planet.
On the way to the planet, they encounter an alien space ship that attacks.
The heroine at the controls pushes buttons in the cockpit until it fires
lasers and torpedoes, disabling the alien craft, enabling the F-27
Stryker to escape.
The F-27 Striker finally makes it to the new planet where they all live happily ever after.
The smaller ParkZone F27 Stryker, available from A Main Hobbies, has a 17" wingspan and is 11" long. Its controls are throttle, elevons and rudders. Included is a motor and flight battery.
The F-27 Stryker by ParkZone from Horizon Hobby comes RTF. Included is a motor, controller, flight battery and charger. Wingspan is 37" and it is 24" long. Weight is around 2 lbs.
The F--27 Stryker from ParkZone, Model B, comes in almost ready to fly PNP and RTF versions in a grey color scheme. Wingspan is 37" and length is 27", with an all up weight of about 1 1/2 lbs. Included with the PNP version is a brushless motor spinning a 6 x 4
propeller, plus a controller. The RTF version includes all the above plus batteries, radio, receiver, and chargers.
The F-27 Stryker from ParkZone model C also comes in PNP and RTF versions.
Jetcom's F-27 Stryker has a 44" wingspan and 35" length. It can be powered by a 5 to 6 lb. thrust turbine engine or the EDF equivalent. Weight is about 5 lbs.
The F-27 Stryker on Jasonweb.net shows a number of improvements. Among them are the use of the Turnigy 2350 kV motor, a heavy duty speed
controller, and a reinforinced motor mount to handle the extra power. Carbon fibre rods are used to strengthen the F-27 Stryker for high speed maneuvers.
SSteven1 of RCGroups builds his rc F-27 Stryker to reduce total weight. It weighs just 10 oz. using a 1500 kV motor, micro servos, and a light weight batery.
RCGroups Murman reduced the wingspan of his rc F-27 Stryker by 4". It is now very fast. His motor weighs 29 grams and all-up weight is about 13 oz.
The F-27 Stryker pictured above was built by DustyPockets of RCGroups. It
is powered by a 25 gram motor, uses micro servos and an 18 A speed controller.
Pictured above is Dan from Modelflight and his F-27 Stryker by ParkZone. He
modified it with decals, a custom color scheme and by adding forward canards.
There are F-27 Stryker plans at Scratch RC.com. Wingspan is 37" and power comes from a single pusher prop.
Lenniegordo at RC Groups built and posted plans for the good looking F-27 Stryker shown above. It has a 30" wingspan and is powered by a 3,000 kV motor. Weight is about 15 oz.
Lenniegordo of RC Groups took his F-27 Stryker and lengthened it by about 2/3 to produce the above model. We do not have any further details.
In the picture right above is the F-27 Stryker from Amazon. Wingspan is 25", length is 24" and construction is from EPP foam. It comes with a 380 motor, speed
controller, flight battery, charger, and V-tail mixer.
You can find a F-27 Stryker at Yellow Aircraft that uses turbine power. It has a 52" wingspan, is 58" long, and weighs around 12 lbs. Construction is a fiberglass fuselage and
balsa sheeting over foamy wings. The turbine engine should produce between 10 and 12 lbs. of thrust.
The F-27 Stryker on eBay has a 26" wingspan, is 23 1/2" long, and weighs about 1 lb. Included are a brushed motor, flight battery and charger. It is made from
EPP foam and needs your speed controller.
The F-27 Stryker from Art Tech is powered by an electric ducted fan and comes ready to fly. Its wingspan is 32" and length is 24 1/2".
Included is a B2025-15L motor with 64 mm fan unit, controller, radio, batteries, and charger. All up weight is about 18 1/2 oz.
The F-27 Stryker built by RCGroups MADFX uses CD ROM motor turning a 5 x 5 pusher prop.
The F-27 Stryker built by RC Groups ashtasky is made from corrugated plastic sheet and uses a SuperSonic 30A motor turning a 5 x 5 propeller
pushing the model. Weight is about 18 1/2 oz.
F-27 Stryker with 27" wingspan.
Pictured just above is another version of the F-27 Stryker built by ashtasky of RC Groups. Its wingspan is 27" and length is 22 1/2". Construction is from 3 mm Coroplast and weight is around 13 oz.
HennieT's F-27 Stryker has a 27 1/2" wingspan and is powered by a 3200 kV motor turning a 4.75 x 4.75 pusher propeller.
The F-27 Stryker with twin motors was posted to YouTube by TheRattleSnake3145. It uses two 2700 kV motors turning 6 x 4 propellers. The fuselage was
reinforced with carbon fibre tubing to handle the extra weight and power of the motors.
Lou Avarti sent us the following email: "The F-27 Stryker from ParkZone is reasonably priced, comes ready to fly
with minimal time from the box to the flying field, is extremely rugged, needs little space to fly (a good size park will do), and is easy to
hand launch (no landing gear to worry about). Because the F-27 Stryker does not have the shape of a conventional airplane, it took me a while
to get used to its orientation. My advice is to keep it in close until you are comfortable with it. I highly recommend the ParkZone F-27 Stryker. - Cheers, Lou Avarti"
Thank you for your comments about the ParkZone F-27 Stryker, Lou.
At our last meeting Jay Telesa showed our club a video of his scratch built F-27 Stryker with a 36" wingspan. Great flying!
Not to be outdone, Oscar Stryesky brought in his F-27 Stryker video. He recently bought the F-27 Stryker from ParkZone and is thrilled with its
performance. Both Jay's and Oscar's F-27 Stryker aircraft were impressive.
Don Walker had lots of questions about the F-27 Stryker because he was considering getting one as well. Seems the videos convinced him.
Don's brother, just started flying slope soarers. He wondered if the F-27 Stryker would make a good first powered rc airplane.
Charlie Dale told us that he recently purchased the NitroPlanes F-27 Stryker and it should be flying soon.
Ron Mealing brought in pictures of his F-27 Stryker by ParkZone.
You can find spare parts for the F-27 Stryker on eBay.
Note that all of the pictures on this page are of versions of the F-27 Stryker although some call them by different names.
Email us about your favorite F-27 Stryker.