One second is all it takes.
Was having a good day flying, though it was pretty windy. Forgot my gas for the 4* and only had enough in the tank for a few minutes. Turned out to be a good thing too, Ifound the spar is cracked on both wings where the box for the aluminum joiner meets the main spar, and had i flown the plane like I usually fly one or both wings may have folded. YIKES!
Anyhow, Ithen flew my Kadet LT40 and had a ball with it. Iwas practicing some crosswind landings, and had done 5 of them with really good results, soft landings on most, a couple had a soft bounce, only because of the stiff wind out of the west. The wind was switching around, west, north, west, north, northwest, and gusting, then calm, then breezy, then calm. Unpredictable. Well I was coming around for another T&G, and on final, just as I crossed the threshold, the plane drifted a bit further south than I was comfortable with, and was going to go around, had just hit the throttle when the wind switched from steady west, to dierct out of the north, caught the right wing and flipped the plane over faster than I could have ever imagine, and it drove straight into the ground upside down at full throttle. It went from 10 feet level flight to lawn dart in a snap. Thankfully the OS 52 FS is good shape, no damage, the wing is easily repaired, only cracked the leading edge and a few ribs, should take under an hour to repair, the fuse however is busted up big time.
While I can easily repair it all and get it back to flying condition, what kills me is the stickers will be damaged and look like crap when done. Looks like I will need to make my own using Monokote.
What is interesting about this sport, no matter how good you think you are, it only takes a second for the right things to happen to make it go wrong. One second sooner I would have had enough speed to not flip over. The combination of strong head wind and switching to crosswind kicked my butt today. It looked like I had enough speed, had no signs of impending stall, but clearly not enough speed to prevent a crosswind from getting under the wing and flipping it over.