Lazy Bee from Andy Clancy Design


The Lazy Bee is a versatile slow flyer for pilots of all skill levels.  It has an almost magical flying ability that makes it fun to fly whether you are a  beginner or an expert.  It performs very short take offs and landings.  Its sprung landing gear allows it to fly from very rough runways. Its oversize control surfaces and lightly loaded wing give it extreme maneuverability. These qualities made it the original "Backyard Barnstormer" when it first came out in 1992.   You can set it up to be docile and relaxing, or very responsive and sensitive. It works well with a huge range of electric and combustion power plants. Think super light, super slow floater...  or highly overpowered hot rod.... or anywhere between. That's how it has been popular for use as a basic trainer, AND as a 3d trainer!

Another great quality:  Intelligent construction. The Bee is quite exceptionally durable.  It can tolerate crashin' and thrashin' again and again-- with minimal damage. Also, it’s designed to be easy to repair. The wing, motor, and tail are mounted with rubber bands (bolt-on wing is an option). Another advantage of the Lazy Bee's modular design is that it's super easy to convert between from one wing option to another, and back again... Or to go from floats to wheels. 

The Original, non-aileron wings are lighter in weight. The short span version will do snap rolls and rolling circles.The long original wing glides the best and has done well in gliding contests, especially if flown with no landing gear. (Bees are designed to be able to belly land). The Special: aileron wings are heavier, and that weight is spread out so the wing tips have extra momentum in quick maneuvers. This makes handling slightly less precise.  The Lazy Bee Specials do side slips, knife edge and other 4 channel maneuvers. Both of the short wingspan versions have a reputation for flying in winds that ground most other models.  The longer wingspan versions will fly the slowest, do tighter maneuvers, and glide better than the shorter wing versions. But ALL Lazy Bee versions glide well, especially when set up to be light in weight. 


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Wingspan: 1016mm (40 in)
Length: 660mm (26 in)

Weight: 950 g (2.1 lbs)
  • Wingspan: 1016 mm (40")
  • Wing Chord: 355 mm (14")
  • Wing Area: 33.93 dm² (526 sq in=
  • Weight : 425 to 950 g (15 - 30 oz)
  • Length: 660 mm (26")
  • Wing Loading: 12 to 14 d/dm² (4 - 8 oz/sq ft)
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