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Ribcracker
07-24-2006, 02:16 AM
I foolishly sent up my SlowStick and Nikon camera in a strong wind when I knew there was a crack where the stab meets the boom. Sure enough, when the rig was about 300 yds. out over the woods, the stab and rudder folded. I helplessly watched it spiral downward until it disappeared.
Well, I finally found it.
After three weeks of being held up to the sky, the camera and other equipment looked pretty good. The first thing I did when I got back was put new batteries in the camera and hit playback. Wow, it was all there. The "black box", if you will...a perfect accounting of the launch, the climb, the wind buffeting, the landscape transition from neighborhood to woods, and then...the tailspin. The horizon raced around and around with occasional glimpses of the approaching canopy below. And then there was an explosion of leaves and branches until the plane finally came to a rest. A green leaf then covered the lens like a closing curtain. Then the video stops. It lasts 3 minutes and 22 seconds.
All of the electronics tested fine. I lost the lipo pack, of course...discharged beyond recovery. But all-in-all, the story has a happy ending. The electronics are reusable and the plane is rebuildable. Maybe my luck is shifting back to good.
Check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxvGkjB4HKs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxvGkjB4HKs)

SilberIgel
07-24-2006, 05:11 AM
Glad you got your plane & camera back!!! And, its fixable!!!
You should get the prize for the best AP this year!!!

GallopingGhost
07-24-2006, 10:20 PM
I expect thats one you will remimber even if you didn't have a video record of it. Sounds like you got as much of a "break" on the outcome as possible. :)