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    Wings!?! What Wings!?!?

    Just thought I'd share a story of one of my early R/C airplane adventures... I had purchased a glow powered trainer plane form a guy off of craigslist for $40 bucks. It came with everything but a radio; Engine and all! It looked like it had never been flown and I was really excited about it. I noticed that there were pegs protruding from the fuselage as to secure the 63 inch wing to the plane. I hadn't considered that there might be 'special' rubberbands to use in this senario so I just grabbed any four rubberbands I had laying around the house. My father, my girlfriend and I went to a desert area near my house ( as I reside in southern AZ) to fly the plane.Needless to say, the rubberbands didn't hold and at the bottom end of a semi aerobatic loop, the wing completely disengaged from the plane and my dad and girlfriend were forced to sprint in opposing directions to avoid being blended by the accelerating propeller-driven spear. Ahhh, the lessons we learn

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    RE: Wings!?! What Wings!?!?

    I have had that happen even with the proper rubber bands.

    Plenty of desert around Tucson. Really nice model fields too.
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    RE: Wings!?! What Wings!?!?

    I had an experience with my wings coming off once.

    At our field we had a small tree that was not right on the glide path, but a little off to the right side of the runway about 100 feet of the end of the runway. It started out as a twig and had grown to about 15 feet tall. I think it was either a Mesquite or Mulberry tree.

    It was mid fall and I was flying a plane much like the one in my avator. I was going to come in low and touch down at the end of the paved run way and be able to stop where I was standing which was about mid way of the run way.

    As I made the cross wind turn I was about 10 feet high and getting ready to make the final down wind turn on to final approach when all of a sudden my plane exploded in mid air. It was the monokoted wings exploding as the plane went through the tree, and the fuselage emerging from the other side as a torpedo.

    Since the field was on Corp of Engineers property, we couldn't cut the tree down without their permission. The tree lasted a few more years before it "disappeared". I don't know if permission was granted or not, but it was gone.

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    RE: Wings!?! What Wings!?!?

    I miss your point Frank-what does your crash or tree at your flying field have to do with wings coming off in mid flight??
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    RE: Wings!?! What Wings!?!?

    LOL, it's all about the CoE and preserving trees.

    I have ripped the wing saddle out of a Viper and Seeker Q500 plane at speed. From firsthand experience, the fuse does not fly well without the wing.
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    RE: Wings!?! What Wings!?!?

    10-12 #64 rubberbands are the recomended amount for a .40 size trainer


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