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Old May 24, 2010, 04:43 PM
Chris Lee
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Slow-motion discus launch videos

After 24 rounds of F3K contest flying, unbelievably some contestants still wanted to keep throwing.

Here's a collection of video clips, first played back in real time, then played at seven times slower than real time (camera records at 210fps).

Pilots are:
Gavin Trussell
Steve Meyer
Bruce Davidson
Tom Siler
Jeff Pfeifer
Mike Johnson

You can read more about the contest, the 2nd Annual Gateway 2-Day Hand Launch Contest here. 17 competitors, 24 rounds in 2 days!

Gateway 2-Day Hand Launch Contest launches (6 min 49 sec)
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Old May 24, 2010, 05:17 PM
Walter Roos
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That's the best launching video I've ever seen, great camera angle. Now I know I've got to get a Slow Motion CamCorder. You did a great job of catching all the movements involved in Launching like I've never seen. You certainly have my appreciation for your effort.


PS congratulations to all you guys flying and of course to Gavin. I guess the snake that's been bitting him is now officially Dead.
Way to go Bro.
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Old May 25, 2010, 05:42 AM
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Old May 25, 2010, 08:30 AM
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Some tortured boom stills from this video... excellent work Chris. These are the best pics and vids I've ever seen in DLG.

Both were Blasters, and both were bent hard. Gavin's was a B2.5 boom with the carbon woven cloth outer. Mine was the older style boom with 80g/sm carbon added for 6-8" back from the pod and 12k tow added to about 18" aft.

No matter how stiff they get, they still bend. It amazes me that the vertical can generate that much load from just aero forces.
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Old May 25, 2010, 09:25 AM
Chris Lee
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Video's down for the next 30 minutes, I decided to reupload it with a soundtrack. Slow motion camcorders don't record sound but it feels weird watching video in silence. Check back in a little bit.

Nice job breaking down the footage, Tom!

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Old May 25, 2010, 11:00 AM
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Old May 26, 2010, 02:20 PM
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Just too good not to be on the first page of the thread list...


I'd love to see somebody show up to the Bruce with a radar gun....Bruce D's launch speed seems SO much faster than the others.
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Old May 27, 2010, 12:49 AM
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Thanks for posting Chris. To quote Gavin, "Throw it like you hate it!" One of my fellow Cheesehead Chuck'n flying buddies, Garth, thinks that should be a T-shirt. We look forward to the next Gavin-ism.

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