A jet fighter style aircraft - the 3/4 scale replica, based on the Grumman Panther of the '50 - under construction at a Mt Cotton property a few miles south east of Archerfield (Note "Grim-Reaper" Logo on Tail).
The designer and builder - John Gross - has now completed the aircraft and a few weeks back he took to the skies for the first time after 8 years of solid dedicated work
On April 1 2006 at Kingaroy airport the JG-2 taxied out and took-off completing around 10 minutes of what the builder/pilot John described as "scary" flying - the jet entered a spin not long after take-off - John had throttled back when a warning light flashed - he was still in climb configuration and the air-speed decayed rapidly!
After recovering from the spin(s) John returned and gave further flying away for the day
The next day the JG-2 was flown to 10,000' for flight envelope tests returning 30 minutes later with smiles all around for everyone in attendance
Full story from AirCentre Aviation News
Video from Channel 9 Australia
1 mr x
(17. 9. 2008, 10:53 CET)
Nowadays this type of aircraft will no longer be seen flying in the air if introduced in battlefield.
(25. 9. 2010, 21:38 CET)
Very very cool! It was only a matter of time before a DIY'er built the first jet fighter replica. Like everything else the market will decide if any more are built. As far as it being used as an offensive weapon- WAKE UP!. This design is from the 50's. A proper pilot in a prop plane could defend against this aircraft. Let the builder have his fun!