Skaggs From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 144 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5089 times:
That was Jurgis Kairys in his SU-26. He is widely noted to be the best aerobatic pilot of all time, for sure the best airshow pilot. He has a 450 HP SU 31 that he amazes in. You think that was low, look at this:
Skaggs From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 144 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4177 times:
Extra 300 - 300HP Lycoming AEIO 540 - Flown them, they wont quite really hover. Combo of: Plane too heavy, prop too small, not enough HP.
The Sukhoi, (350-450HP) with its geared radial engine and huge 260cm MT prop hovers, especially with the 450 HP Vendenyev M-14R engine. The geared engine allows the prop to turn slower, therefore you can have a larger diameter prop without the tips going supersonic.