Weather: sunny, high 70's, windy
Total flights: Today - 12; YTD - 33
Total motors: Today - 12; YTD - 33
The day started badly - the Beltway was backed up shortly after I got on. It cleared but then got bad again near Rte50 due to the Joint Forces Open House and Airshow at Andrews. Then the commute got better - once again there were only 4 cars ahead of me on the Bay Bridge toll booths. Then the day got worse - it was windy with the vector pointed right at the closest stand of trees. But the day turned out very well. Except for the wind, the weather was perfect and I had enough small (read that low-flier), odd and small/odd rockets to fill in until the wind started to break late in the day. It eventually got a bit milder and slightly vectored out into the long field. GREAT DAY!
My Flights (see embedded photos and video):
- Helix-29 on a G10 - This was a collectible AT motor circa 1986 or so. Low thrust motors in monocopters and wind don't mix but I was tired of scrubbing the flight. Well, it started up, tilted into the wind, and hit the dirt. D'OH! But wait! It once again takes off and has a nice flight. I wouldn't have chosen this flight profile but everyone agreed that it was WAY COOL. And it was a G10 not a mislabeled F10 or anything. I estimate over a 10 second burn time. One leg of the balance beam broke off but it flew well anyway. A bit of surgery and I think the Helix will once again be flight worthy. I embedded the video below but you really can't see much.
- Hat of Death on a G75MS - After a couple of unsuccessful flights, the Hat had another sky-writing episode. :eek: It was very sparky and kinda cool anyway. I think this motor has one thing in common with the failed G20 flight - both motors are quite long. It's flown on numerous G's including a G80, a G64 reload and a G77 SU. These are pretty long so maybe it's a combo of the motor and the wind (?)
- Hat of Death on an E9-P - I had to let it redeem itself, and it did!
- Hostile Projectiles Delta X-15 on a E20-4 - It took off like a bat but ejection was very early. My tape zipper protector did its job but the front BT is crunched. Not hard to fix.
- Landshark 3.0 "True Blood" on a G64-6 - Nice boost, closer to the original -10 than a drilled -6. Needs paint touch up but there was no real damage. People seem to like it's dripping blood nose cone.
- Whirlygig-24 on an E15 -Nice flight but short.
- Odd'l Wedgie on a QC6-3 - It weather cocked
severelya lot but the flight was good nevertheless. The only 'damage' was the tip of one of the skin panels peeled up. Fixed with some cellophane tape.
- Odd'l Wedgie on an QB6-4 - The wind had begun dropping and the boost was straighter. The rocket held up fine but the crepe streamer was damaged.
- Odd'l Birdie on an A10-P - Nice flight! I like this better than my other mini-motor saucers and saucer-like objects.
- Odd'l Birdie on an A3-4 - Another good one. And no walking.
- Mini V-2 on an A10-3 - Nice straight flight despite the wind and close-in recovery via streamer.
- MicroMaxx Saucer of 'Roids on a QC6-5 - Nice flight.
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