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Old Feb 21, 2004, 07:48 PM
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First flight of the Dumas 30" Sparrow Hawk! Pics and video included


Hi gang!

For those of you that have been following along, I finally got around to test flying the Sparrow Hawk (conversion detailed here).

She flies great, too!

I finally found a bare spot of ground for a test flight and off we went. Christine graciously came along to do the honors of taking pictures and (yes) video. The video you'll see is indeed the test flight, so I won't tell too much about it. However, the 'hawk is a beautiful flying plane. She's off the ground in under 10 feet at 1/2 throttle on the razor and cruises around very nicely at 1/4 throttle. The controls are amazingly effective.

She seems to have no bad habits though, granted, I never did get her way up there for any stall tests. Beyond all else, she looks absolutely fantastic in the air. This is a plane perfectly suited to low flybys, lights shining in your face. I really couldn't be happier with how she performs!

I didn't try anything in the way of aerobatics and beyond the occassional roll or two, I won't be. She's not meant for it. I can't wait to get out for more Sparrow Hawk time! Unfortunately the flights were cut short by my freezing fingers but we'll get more pics and video soon. The video is being edited now. Here's the first of a pile of pictures, just after takeoff on the second hop.
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Old Feb 21, 2004, 07:50 PM
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Flyby!
Old Feb 21, 2004, 07:52 PM
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Here's my kind of flyby, and good practice for the indoor next weekend.
Old Feb 21, 2004, 07:53 PM
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Wooo! Nice tail-end shot
Old Feb 21, 2004, 07:53 PM
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Thats wonderful, Martin! Await the video.

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Old Feb 21, 2004, 07:54 PM
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I quite like this shot. Remind me to buy my photographer flowers again
Old Feb 21, 2004, 07:55 PM
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When do we start on the Akron?

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Old Feb 21, 2004, 07:56 PM
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Thanks, Steve! It's been a long time coming but she finally made it.

Here's another flyby... I just love how she looks in the air
Old Feb 21, 2004, 07:58 PM
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Well, this one would need the Macon as that's what's on the fuselage. I've considered making a fake trapeze to hang the plane from the ceiling with. For now a plant hook will do

... another fuzzy flyby. Christine did great despite the low lighting. These pics have all been brightened so they don't really show how dull of a day it is.
Old Feb 21, 2004, 08:00 PM
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Here's another above-head-level flyby, closer in this time.
Old Feb 21, 2004, 08:02 PM
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Finally, here's a shot on short final on the second hop.

I'll get to work on that video and hopefully have it up later this evening.

Martin
Old Feb 21, 2004, 08:22 PM
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Merely stunning, that's all...

Looks just perfect, applause!

I'll be watching for the video

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Old Feb 21, 2004, 09:28 PM
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Martin,

Dude, you've out done yourself, that is just flat AWESOME!!!

Can't wait for the video...

Bill K.
Old Feb 21, 2004, 09:36 PM
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Another amazing project Martin!

It quite incredible to build something YOURSELF and watch it perform as you and the pictures describe.

For those that dig foam out of a GWS box, slap them together and consider it building...THINK AGAIN! Martin has figured out what the best part of this hobby is.

-Mike
Old Feb 21, 2004, 09:38 PM
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Quote:
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For those that dig foam out of a GWS box, slap them together and consider it building...THINK AGAIN! Martin has figured out what the best part of this hobby is.
That and I think he EXCELLS at it!!


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