Got to watch a kit built Goldberg Electra glider glide away once. During
climbout the #%#$^ molex (Tamiya) battery connector lost contact and and the
glider became a freeflight glider. When it lost power, it trimmed perfectly
too. Short of shooting the sucker down (left the 12 gauge in my other suit)
there was nothing to do but shut down the tx and watch it fly away in nice
big lazy circles. Took about 10 minutes before I lost sight of it against
the hills. Still up there someplace far as I know.
Then there is the sloper Scooter that tipstalled and was instantly gobbled
up by the Southern California Scrub Oak.
2 hours of crawling around in that stuff before I gave up. Went back the
next weekend and spent another hour before I gave it up. Dont think the USFS
would allow me to hunt for it with a dozer...
My first solo with my Super Stunts fitted with a FMA Co-Pilot - I was going
really well, until I
started to trim it for straight and level - it was on a downwind leg going
directly away from
me, and I just looked down to find the trims on the xmitter (yeh, I know now)
and by the time I
looked up it was way way away - I couldn't see which way it turned etc when I
hit the levers, so
after a quick panic thought it best to shut down the engine. It just
disappeared behind trees.
Went looking, and lo and behold, was amazed to find it sitting upright and
undamaged in the
middle of a paddock - the Co-Pilot had landed it (dead stick) beautifully. Not
Of course I couldn't resist having a leg pull with some other club members - I
that since my instructor hadn't taught me how to land a plane when it was not
visible, I damn
well had to teach myself.
Yep, I had a sparkling new one do that to me on the third flight (first
day). I was amazed to see how well that thing was climbing/gliding on the
thermals when I realized that I had specked(tm) the thing. Last I saw it
was headed NE above some trees, could no longer hear the motor nor could I
determine direction and attitude. Watched it for as long as I could, but
finally it just sort of vanished (must have turned in the wrong direction).
I spent two days searching for the thing with no luck, but on the third day
as I was roaming around, I stopped and asked a young kid if he had seen my
plane. He ran into his house and came out with it and a sad look on his
face. I felt so bad about taking his *new found toy* that I gave him a
$5.00 finders fee.