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Old 05-21-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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Default Losing the MUS in the sun while flying low

I was flying my MUS today and having quite a bit of fun early in the morning.
The sun was low and I did not keep track of it close enough.
As I crossed the sun I was low and lost track of my MUS at distance and totaled it.
But when I got to it I thought to myself at least the electronics and such were good.
I unplugged the battery and walked back to my Jeep with the parts in hand and supported in some cases by the wiring to the components.
As I got to the jeep the battery started smoking like a smoke grenade and I dropped the remains of the plane and backed away for safety.
As the battery smoked it managed to burn through the wiring to the ESC and fry the receiver too. Oh well.
And the Park 450 was destroyed by the impact as well.
Pretty bad crash overall and it was all my fault allowing the low attitude of the plane, distance to it and the sun to get in the way.
At least I did not get burned by the battery when it decided to short.







I don't think I will bother to rebuild this MUS. However, a 25 replacement might be in order.
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Dang Ken, Sorry to read about your loss.

All planes have an expiration date, I guess your MUS's time was due.

I do love the Stik platform. They are very dependable and predictable.

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Old 05-21-2012, 07:21 PM   #3
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Well at least I am not plane-less at the moment.
I just completed restoration on a Reactor Bipe.
I did not have it with me when the MUS crashed and I have not flown it yet as it's been windy here for weeks or so it seems.
I will get out and try it soon.

I note where you are at. I was stationed with the Army a lifetime ago at Butzbach, near Frankfurt, and also at Bad Kissingen. 1969-70. At the time with a self propelled Hawk outfit watching the border with batteries at Fulda, Wildflecken and Bad K. No time off to speak of while I was there as we were a bran new self propelled outfit doing lots of testing at the time. I was a radio operator and even volunteered for Vietnam but they would not let go of me and just denied the transfer request. I guess radio ops where hard to come by for them.
Drafted for two, stayed another 4 and bailed out in 1972.
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