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Yesterday was a good day...

Old 03-15-2004, 12:23 PM
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Default Yesterday was a good day...

Temp was in the low 60s, winds gusting 5-10mph, scattered clouds, dry...

I decided to test my dogfighter(tt .46) out, really put it thru its paces (we are racing in 2 weeks).

Man, can't remember having soooo much fun. High speed dives down the runway into straight vertical climbs at the end with multiple rolls on the way up. Boy, it should be illegal to have this much fun.

So I began to get a little cocky, bringing it down the runway lower, closer....uh oh...where is all this foul language coming from[X(].

Well, I forgot I'm not the only one flying...and the other 2 guys didn't appreciate hearing a plane screaming past them doing 100mph about 10ft away from them(I estimate 80 but everyone at the field say its definitely around 100...oh well, I'm not good at judging speed anyway) . Sorry guys....my bad.....got caught up in the fun...

So, after realizing that everyone else had landed, I moved out further towards the middle of the runway and began making high speed dives down the runway....lower.....lower....BAM...POP. Oops, I forgot to maintain enough height for prop clearance.

Well it dug into the grass at full throttle, cartwheeled about 4 times, sounded like it was going to be a lot of damage

I picked up my plane, put it on the table to investigate. Now check this: a broken prop, a broken tie wrap on the aileron servo, one of the ailerons had a 1/8" split towards the inside, the wing had a little crunch spot on the end (still has its shape and it did not weaken it), and the elevator rod popped off (did not even strip the cheap servo I installed).

After 10 minutes of a more thorough exam and fixing the broken pieces I had it back in the air runnin' and gunnin'

This is one tough little bird....and its fast too!!!

I'll say it again.....Yesterday was a good day...
Old 03-15-2004, 06:56 PM
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Default RE: Yesterday was a good day...

gotta love those spads. if it were balsa yould have a week or two of repairs if it wasnt toothpicks.

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