Retractable Gear Radial Rocket Announced

New Century Aerosport, Inc., located in Olathe, Kansas, has introduced the Radial Rocket RG, a retractable landing gear version of its fixed-gear tailwheel-equipped Radial Rocket. The RG features a tricycle landing gear configuration. First flight of the new RG model took place at Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe, Kansas, last December.

The company developed the Radial Rocket RG in response to customer requests for a retractable gear version of the aircraft. “Combining the retractable gear option with a nosewheel configuration provides the best of both worlds, improving performance and ease of ground handling,” said company President Jeffrey Ackland. “This development opens up the Radial Rocket experience to a much wider range of pilots.”

The first customer-built Radial Rocket RG is in final assembly, scheduled to fly soon.

The Radial Rocket RG features a composite airframe designed for aerobatic flight. Power is supplied by a 360-hp M-14 P or 400-hp M-14 PF nine-cylinder, geared radial engine. The Radial Rocket is available as a comprehensive airframe kit, with customized build-assist options available. The kit is priced at $74,500.

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KITPLANES Editor Mary Bernard began her career in aviation journalism in 1998 and has worked in publishing for more than 15 years.

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