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Old Apr 29, 2002, 02:29 AM
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Today was my youngest daughter's First Communion, so between preparing the house for guests, the actual event and the small gathering afterward I didn't get to take much advantage of what was a glorious day for flying in the Seattle area.

I did manage to get out with the Switchback in the last hour before dusk and put two battery charges through it. I was flying off a rough but short grass field and on the second battery got foolhardy with the retracts and started shooting touch and goes off of that less-than-ideal surface. In the end I finally managed to break one of the GWS retracts by coming down hard on one wheel first with a bit of slip component on that rough surface. It was a bad approach and I should've gone around .

I'll start another thread with some details.

Fortunately I have another pair on hand and only the gear itself failed (the trunnion pin pulled out of the body and the lower side brace link broke as the gear tore away). It's ready to go again now.
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