7/11 Entry - Ironic
Never really knew what to put into a Blog, until today 7/11.
Death of an Easy Glider!
I'd taken the week off to work on the House and was watching the wind to see if a sloping break was in order. After laying down laminate floor, installing tub enclosure, etc.. just about any wind was a good excuse. By noon, the clouds had blown out and a N/NW wind was cooking up. Time to throw the Easy Glider I recently got off a friend moving East, who didn't want to pack it. I'd replaced a blown out HS-81 and dropped in a bigger 2000mAH battery to help with the balance. All set.
Drove 5mins up to Dave's Beach (see picture), a nice small bluff along Carlsbad's Coast and spotted Neil pulling out. He backed up long enough to see the Easy and chat about his Raider, before heading off to pick-up his next kit. The ridge was mine.
Really cleared out,...must have been 50 mile visibility and a stiff breeze blowing now out of the NW. I hook up the Easy and test the control surfaces,...right is right, left is left.... Walk out to the edge and give a toss. A lot of up and I'm trimming as I go to bring the nose back down. A turn North, upwind slows her down and gives me time to finish trimming (need more down). I run her along the ridge and decide to turn downwind and bring her in for adjustment. Downwind speed gets going and the landing finds the Easy Glider over the fence and in the southbound lanes of traffic, on PCH.
Those of you not familar with Dave's Beach can picture a small stretch of Beachfront property 50ft above the sand and 20ft between Pacific Coast Hiway and the edge of the ridge. Road landings are a common and sometimes daily occurance.
No big deal,...it's a Multiplex Easy Glider. Indestructible. Rough landing are it's specialty. So I set down my Tx and run over to pick her up. A couple cars are moving around her as I start out into the lane, but a white Chevy Truck is bearing down without a budge. I wave him off and stand in disbelief as he flattens the Easy Glider and never even flinches. Must have been checking out the Clear Blue Ocean and never saw it. Didn't stop either, but after seeing a 6' 4" angry man jumping and yelling in the street, who could blame him.
His Chevy's 285 size tire ran right over the fuse and flattened the Rx, 2 HS-81s my battery and the Easy herself. Here's a picture after dumping the pieces of the Rx out,...only left of it is the antenna. Added another shot of the profile,...check out the tire marks.
It's funny that we can seek the indestructible nature of our planes and hobby, but completely forget the destructive nature of man.
7/11 wasn't a lucky day for the Easy Glider, but it will always be the date of my first entry to my RC Groups Blog.
BTW-it's OK to laugh,...it's a healing thing
Last edited by chip.greely; Jul 11, 2007 at 08:18 PM. Reason: added sideview picture w/ tire mark
...although after soaking the fuse in hot water, to get the Elapor foam to expand and using half a bottle of CA and Kicker,...I think the Easy may fly again. I'll have to change the name to Phoenix, since it will rise from the ashes (or from the 2nd lane of PCH).
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