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Old Mar 11, 2012, 04:22 PM
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Tuff Trainer in a Tree... Teacher and Dad's Neighbor's Brother Shows up... what a day

Well.. today I had an interesting day. More importantly, an interesting flight. My Dad drove me up to the high school so that I could use my Tuff Trainer, which I've flown a lot before. It was a little bit windy, but nothing that the Tuff Trainer couldn't handle. First pack went great, the little 800 mAH one... then I velcroed the 2200 mAH 3S one that I've used before onto the bottom of the plane and threw it up there to be flown. Flew pretty well... but anyone that's had a Tuff Trainer knows that it's hard to turn left and it constantly torque-rolls to the right. Well, combine the rolling with the wind and you get a DEATH SPIRAL.

And, of course, my Tuff Trainer was directly over a miniature forest when that happened. So, I shut off my TX and went to look for it. I heard it hit something (a tree), but I didn't see it fall. I looked everywhere, and then my Dad and I looked high and low, couldn't see a thing. Then I had the absolutely genius idea of running the motor with my radio, and it worked! Thank God that the battery had not come off, or we would've had no clue where it was. We know where it is - up in a tree, but we can't find it at ALL! We can't spot it.. all we can do is hear it. I know that it's all together because I can hear the elevator and aileron servos working when I move the stick, but MAN it must be really wedged in there.

And then my science teacher recognizes me and pulls over to see what's up. We talk for a while and then she goes on her way. What are the odds that she would've been down there RIGHT when I was flying??? And then my Dad's neighbor's brother comes walking his dogs. (Old neighbor that my Dad used to live near). He says he can't see the plane and of course my Dad starts talking to him. Another weird situation, because if I hadn't crashed the plane in the trees, we wouldn't have ever met him OR my science teacher.

We never spotted or got back the Tuff Trainer.

I have a video that I was taking when the plane went down, but I'm not sure if I actually was pointing the camera where the plane was, as I just set it up on the bleachers. I'll have a look at that soon.

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