The day was beautiful and somewhat breezy, Monday, March 30, in Homestead, FL, where a local RC plane club has its home base – a fenced off airport complete with miniature taxiways, staging area and runways.
Here you see a local member preparing his Piper J-3 Cub by hand-pumping the nitro fuel into the tank giving the pilot 12-15 minutes of joy.
While he holds the plane in position with his ankles a fellow pilot applies the special starter to the cone of the propellor and she fires up.
Unfortunately, this blog doesn’t have video privileges or you would see the short taxi and take off; full flight never materialized. 😦
Amazingly responsive to any application of power the plane was coming off a little hot so the three week pilot edged back the throttle intent on a smoother takeoff, but instead sent the plane into a stall. The pilot quickly applied more throttle, but rather than recovering from the stall the plane did a ‘groundloop’ and ‘cracked up’ striking first the wing and then the nose of the plane in a direct impact with the unforgiving ground. Had there been a little plastic pilot inside he would have appeared unfazed, nonplussed at the controls, but we all know he had ‘bought the farm’.
We all stood by for moral support, but this type of thing is not uncommon in the sport. Nothing that $50 at Hobby Lobby and some 30 minute epoxy won’t fix! Oh well, that’s BEGINNER’S LUCK!
This plane belongs to another member and it is in for repairs due to a manufacturer defect upon landing.
The drawback of all lower RC plane prices is the quality. They are all now made in China.
This plane is a Yak 54, a polular race plane in the real world.
You can read more, find out more information, as well as see additional pictures and videos on a members website: http://www.rcinvasion.com.
This brings me to the Summer Days series. The third book is already begun and will hopefully be completed by the end of June. It involves airplanes…that’s all I can tell you for now… 😎
Have a GREAT DAY!