A couple of years ago when i was cleaning out some stuff that i found when I was modeling when I was a much younger person, I ran across a Fox engine that I bought, but never ran. I sent an email to the members of my club and asked if it was worth anything. One fellow said he would trade me a float plane for the engine. I said, wow, ok.
Fred Stafford built a Joe Birdi plane, he had built a couple of them, both the 40 size and one 60 size plane. this plane had Goldberg floats on it with twin water rudders.
I flew this plane a number of times and it flew so well.
The other day I flew it and was delighted and then again on Sunday I got it out to fly again. The water on the lake was just like glass. So I got it running and set it into the water and throttled up. I have been flying a Spectrum radio in all my other planes, this one was on 72 Mhz, and as it got airborn, i lost contact with it and into the water it went. I made a big mistake and forgot to extend the antenna on my transmitter.
So now I am out my beloved float plane, it was a one of a kind, can't be replaced and I know it is just a plane, but I feel like I lost a good friend.
So this is a reminder to all who fly both 2.4 and 72 Mhz. Watch your transmitters closely. Whatever happens, don't do what I did.