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Old 06-15-2011, 04:08 AM
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Been down for a month with rains and finally got to the flying field today with the Tiger 2 at the ready. Rains were obscuring the mountains to the south so I got one quick flight in and landed to re-fuel. As I got ready to take off again, I saw a rather ominous black roller cloud quite a ways out. Hmmmm, I didn't see anything on weather radar this morning! So up I go to get in one more flight before the rains arrive. After a few minutes thhe winds started to pick up and I was having fun when I heard my wife say the trees were bending over across the fields. One snap roll into the wind and it started to hit hard and I turned downwind for landing, but I had no control of the aircraft. It took a few seconds to figure out that the winds had hit a hundred feet up. I kept it at full throttle and finally got it flying again after about a 100 meters of very tough control. Turned base and final and landed. Ran up to the aircraft and grabbed it just as the first gusts hit. Everything was flying around! Had hard rains for twenty minutes and wind gusts to about 60 kilometers I would guess. After that, the rain stopped, temperature was cool, and it was a beautiful dead calm afternoon for flying off a wet runway! Sure am glad we didn't pack up and go home. Must have been a mini cold front. Finally headed home when we didn't have any fuel left. A good day thanks to a little luck in getting the airplane on the ground fast.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:22 AM
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Good for you as nothing beats having a great day at the field, especially if the wife or girlfriend came along, and then taking home the model unscathed and in one piece.

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Old 06-15-2011, 02:41 PM
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Thanks Karol. It was pretty amazing how fast this storm rolled in. First time I've seen one of my models in winds that high and I think if I had delayed the landing by 15 seconds, it would have had a different outcome!
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The weather Gods were with you my friend, and maybe just a bit of flying skill thrown in for good measure

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