We love remote controlled planes. Modern technology means you don't have to faff around with petrol engines or spend years learning to fly in order to get a buzz out of controlling your very own model aircraft. The only thing is, many RC planes resemble something Klunk might have invented for Dick Dastardly's Vulture Squadron - a bit too colourful, cartoon-esque and unrealistic.
That's why we were suitably blown away when the Air Tech F-117 Stealth Nighthawk swooped into Firebox Towers. This intimidating aircraft had us ducking for cover and calling up Area 51 for advice, as it looks exactly like the real thing (a pretty unreal-looking beast in the first place).
Based on the deadliest fighter in the US arsenal, the F-117 Stealth Nighthawk is a frighteningly magnificent flying machine that's an absolute pleasure to pilot. Fully licensed by Lockheed Martin, this ominous-looking bird of prey is ready to fly right out of the box.
With its impressive 300ft range the F-117 Nighthawk can be flown on clandestine missions with ease, and dual electric motors give it incredible manoeuvrability and stealth silence. You control the menacing F-117 via a neat handheld transmitter that features differential steering plus cruise and hyper modes (which, in non-technical terms, translates into fast and very fast).
The hand-launchable Nighthawk is made of durable AiroFoamTM, so even if you're forced to make a few crash landings you'll be back in the sky before enemy ground troops (well, the park keeper) can examine your highly secretive aerial doom-monger. Power comes courtesy of a NiMH battery, allowing you to 'refuel' in around 30 minutes using the portable quick charger.
The F-117 Nighthawk is one of the most impressive RC aircraft we've seen in ages. And we really can't overstate how much fun it is stalking the skies in such a sleek weapon of mass distraction. Besides, it's good for your stealth!