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#1 jbourke Sep 30, 2008 12:03 PM

Video: Safe landing after wing falls off
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On Saturday we had a Chili Feed and Fun Fly at the local club. I showed up and was hoping to fly my 1/3rd scale Cap 580 model. Unfortunately, I had a problem during the flight and was forced to abort after only a few moments in the air.

A friend, Keith Ellis, felt a little bad for my situation and offered to let me fly his Yak-54. That seemed fitting, since I fly Russian Thunder, so I jumped at the chance.

I've flown Keith's model previously and it is a nice flying airplane. He broke the wing somehow and recently fixed it. We went over the repair and everything seemed solid. Unfortunately, it didn't hold together as well as we had hoped.

I started out flying in a careful way but as the flight went on I became more comfortable with the airplane. I started doing knife edge passes and spins. I did a few tumbles. Everything felt good so I did a knife edge spin. I made some high speed circuits across the field. The plane was really grooving and I was enjoying myself.

But then I did a snap roll at full throttle at mid-field and the left wing abruptly departed the aircraft. There was no warning, and I don't remember hearing anything. It just came off and started fluttering down.

The aircraft bobbled a bit as I held in what seemed like the proper correction. After a few seconds I found the new centering position needed to keep the plane trimmed in stable knife edge flight. I coaxed it around the field, lined it up, and prepared to ditch it on its side off the runway, but instinct took over, I guess, and I put it on the runway right side up instead.

I think this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I've practiced the scenario on the RealFlight simulator many times, and I credit that experience with my ability to bring it in wheels down. I never thought I'd get a shot to do this in real life. Secretly, I've always hoped for it.

After the event we all sat and talked about it for quite awhile. We all agreed that it was pretty cool. Luckily, one of the club members, Mark Wilson, had a video camera running. Eric Olsen was there to take pictures.


Jim Bourke One Wing Landing (1 min 38 sec)

#2 Trisquire Sep 30, 2008 01:03 PM

Kewl. I find that if you practice things enough on the sim, it's almost anti-climatic when you try them in real life. I haven't practiced much knife edge flying, however.


#3 ADB2 Sep 30, 2008 02:37 PM

Hats off to you for keeping calm and managing to fly the model with one half wing down to a perfect landing! :eek:

#4 JustinMoore12 Sep 30, 2008 07:21 PM

Horay for Jim

#5 pda4you Sep 30, 2008 07:24 PM

Too cool Jim - you are in a small club there..... :)

#6 steve wenban Sep 30, 2008 07:34 PM

That will buff out :) nice landing Jim , no load spearders in that wing ? no wonder it parted company.

#7 BoneDoc Sep 30, 2008 08:47 PM

Freakin cool Jim! It looks like there's not enough wing tube length there :).

#8 MattZC Sep 30, 2008 08:50 PM

Yeah Jim!!!!!! Awesome flying!!!!

#9 B Rocka Sep 30, 2008 09:23 PM

Dude! That was great Jim!

#10 paintball_kidz Sep 30, 2008 11:29 PM

i always thought you were and old man with a long beard and hair, guess i was wrong.

#11 Habanero Oct 01, 2008 12:41 AM

Look he chipped the prop.

Loser :rolleyes:


#12 Sensiblenick Oct 01, 2008 05:11 AM

Hahahaha sweeet. :D

#13 800mZero Oct 01, 2008 07:02 AM

well done Jim, well done! You are truly becoming a yak master!

#14 David22 Oct 01, 2008 08:10 AM

very cool very cool

#15 Usta Bee Oct 01, 2008 09:26 AM

Apparently styroafoam has no structural strength on it's own......who knew ?. :rolleyes:

Congratulations on your self-congratulatory thread.....I liked the arms raised in the air after the landing, it reminded me of Nixon, only without the "V" for victory. :p

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