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Old Mar 05, 2012, 12:17 PM
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More awesome Spit flights and a Cub crash!

So yesterday morning, I took the Parkzone Spitfire Mk II out for a few flights. It was pretty overcast and about 06h45 in the morning, with a little wind. I am finding it easier and easier to hand launch, as long as you give a good shove, there are no problems.

Soon the Spit was dancing across the sky. There is a unfriendly hawk that has come to dogfight on a few occasions when I have flown the Cub, and sure enough he showed his face and tried to take on the Spit. We had an epic dogfight, that lasted about a minute, in the end I think he realized that my prop could do him so damage and so he flew away.

After using up my two batteries, I took out the Cub for a flight. The intention was to do some circuits and to land on the cricket pitch a few times. I was on a downwind run, ready to turn back into the wind to come and land, and had I about 40% throttle, I started turning to the left, applied some up elevator to kick the tail around and then she stalled. I guess i was a bit heavy on the stick, I tried to catch it and almost did, but I was not high enough and the Cub hit the ground pretty hard, at a 45 degree angle. No real damage, just cracked the plastic cowl.

I was pretty embarrassed actually... very stupid mistake, and I guess it comes down to the fact that I was over confident. Its a good thing it happened with the Cub and not the Spit.

This morning the wind was to heavy for the Cub, but I had two more awesome Spitfire flights.

Happy flying!

Nobby
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Old Mar 05, 2012, 04:40 PM
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Sounds like with the Cub you fell into the trap of allowing the airspeed to fall dangerously low as you came downwind.
Lots of ground-speed, marginal airspeed.
The result is that as soon as you do anything, like start a turn, the plane instantly stalls.
You also need to start your turn early because the plane must be allowed to drift down-wind during the turn. A good down-wind turn will not look like a good still-air turn.
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Old Mar 05, 2012, 10:01 PM
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Thanks for the info, will keep that in mind!
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