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Sunday, July 29, 2007
And wow what a rocket! This plane says on the box that it'll go 80mph and they weren't exagerating. When you hand launch a plane you have to throw it with one hand and then immediately grab the stick and start to fly it. This plane took off at full throttle and I almost flew it into the ground 50 yards down the hill as it needed some up trim to fly level. Luckily I pulled it up before it hit! I flew a couple circles around me at full power and the plane was smooth and stable but very 'twitchy' on the controls. I had the dual rate switch on high which was not a good idea for a first flight apparently. As I came around the second turn I had a sudden sinking feeling as I could not tell the orientation of the plane. In radio control flight there are angles that the plane reaches where you can't tell if it's coming or going. I had one of these moments and guessed wrong, the plane started acting irratic to my controls and I was totally lost. It spiralled in hard! Luckily at the last moment I cut the throttle and since this plane is basically a sheet of foam it slowed just before it hit.
I kept my eye on where it hit and raced out there expecting the worst. Surprisingly the only damage was a 1" of the left wingtip was busted off. The good news here is that this plane is tough. Being a delta wing it is very stout and crash resistant. I have it repaired now and needless to say that I will practice on it quite a bit before I modify to accept my camera!
Comparing the WW2 to the WW3, the WW3 should do well carrying the camera since it is lighter and has more wing area.
Weight w/o camera: 22oz
Wing Area: 425 sq in
Weight w/o camera: 24.7oz
Wing Area: 369.6 sq in
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
This little device will allow me to fly a small Nikon Coolpix or Canon Powershot A620 on the WW2 and get up to 7MP images from the air! This unit connects through USB to the camera and then to the RC receiver allowing me to shoot off frames while flying by using one of the spare radio channels. The Canon (which I currently have an ebay bid) can even have it's zoom controlled but it's unlikely I'll use this feature. More likely I'll keep the camera zoomed out and focused to infinity for some outrageous cloud structure shots!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Fellow storm chaser and train enthusiast Dan Barker clued me in that a unique opportunity would exist this weekend to fly the Wicked Witch 2 over the historic Union Pacific Steam Locomotive 844.
This morning I got out to HW85 just south of Brighton where I stopped and asked a couple and a nice lady if they were waiting for the train and if it left Denver on time. "this is the Union Pacific, not Amtrak" she replied, ha ha ha! As I was shutting off my car and starting to get the WW2 out she wistled over that it was on it's way. And boy was it ever. I rushed across the tracks to the far dirt road and began turning on the equipment when the train sped past us behind me while I was still on the ground.
I asked the group if there was a chance of catching the train and raced north where I finally caught site of it as it slowed at La Salle, CO. The locomotive sped up again and quickly passed the 20 or so cars and motorcycles that where now obviously pacing it. At every crossing there were 3-4 carloads of people waiting for the train to speed by. Very much like storm chasing, here I was chasing a large object, moving fast without needing to slow for stop lights or traffic and making a Bee-line north-east. Train chaser convergence was everywhere!
North of Greeley people had started to slow and pull over and I noticed that instead of closing their camera view finders they were getting them out. I knew I had finally pulled ahead.
Just north of Lucerne, CO still on HW85 I pulled over and across the road next to a wide open wheat field with no powerlines or trees, this was my chance. I powered on the WW2 and launched her into the air and began making a sweep of circles over the tracks where I knew the old UP844 would pass.
Not knowing how the slip stream and turbulence of a train moving at 65mph would impact a small plane I kept it at a reasonable altitude of 100 feet or so. Enjoy the video, it was a fun little practice flight in a time-critical situation and a good off-season practice for when storm flying returns in the fall!
UP 844 speeds under the WW2 along HW85 on it's way the Cheyenne Frontier Days
Steam Locomotive 844 quickly heads up the tracks at 65mph!
Friday, July 20, 2007
Today the mid-levels of the atmosphere are capped so there is only a chance of storms over the mountains. I am hoping again for something to hold together till after dark for lightning potential!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Nice cell near Anton! Eric and I in my car and Michael in his car chased the Tornado Watch Box that went up yesterday in ne CO. This was the most impressive storm we saw and was a nice treat! At this time there was a report of 2" diameter hail from a spotter but when we got to the site 10 miles east of Anton we found no hail falling or on the ground.
This cell fell apart as the one to it's west went severe warned. I got out the Wicked Witch and flew it in the inflow near the storm for about 10 minutes. Eric will be posting one of his nice split screen videos of the flight soon.
Eric and I and the Subaru flying the WW2!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Just took some shots of the lightning that passed through. Tomorrow will be a sweet day for a nice backyard chase!
Sunday, July 08, 2007
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