SO, I got some flying inthis morning. First up, House Of Balsa P-51. Flew great. The new battery packs make that plane really move along nicely. Even had a fairly decent landing, which is rare for that plane. Still nosed over though. Went to put in fresh battery packs & one of the wheels fell off. OK, no more flying for the Mustang today.
Next up, I finally got the courage up to get the Swallow out & fly it. 7 minutes of insanity followed. Forgot how twitchy that plane can be. Had some fun & then started to bring it in for a landing. Stalled it, tip stall actually. Managed to recover with about 5 feet to spare. Pulled up to get it back on course for the intended landing zone. It pulled up to about 15 feet & then snap rolled. Slammed the nose right into the asphalt that I was trying to avid. The nose is crumpled all the way back to the wing, & crushed the battery pack. That plane is done, I'll strip it down later.
OK, fine, next up, 15lb Super Sportster. Got it all prepped, surfaces all work. Cool. Freshly balanced brand new prop spins. Fully charged batteries, lets have some fun. Had a good flight, hammer heads, inverted, rolls, loops, stall turns, some crazy out of control stuff. Then before my timer could even go off on the radio, I noticed the plane losing power. Not good. Get it lined up & pretty much dead stick it in. Broke the brand new freshly balanced prop when the plane landed with a little more nose down than I was wanting.
OK, fine, taxi it in. Nope, won't taxi, no battery power left at all. Hmmm. ok, drag the plane back to the truck & flip the plane over. Notice that it looks like a slimer. Some kind of residue liquid was on the bottom of the wing. Get the wing off as fast as I could. Find out that my 2 1/2 year old 5 cell packs have given up the ghost. One pack had split open & a cell had ruptured. Luckily it never caught fire. But there is a scorch mark on the wing where it melted the paint.
I Had the Screamer with me, but I figured I'd cut my losses for the day.