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Old 10-28-2011, 11:08 AM
Poor Gimbals
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Maybe it was scale speed ....

Bruno.
scale speed: 90mph
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:20 PM
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I was about 20 feet away from the impact point and I can say that it was scary..you don't know where to run and it came down plenty fast for me.
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:09 PM
Poor Gimbals
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so was my buddy "thefoamflyer"
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:28 PM
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You guys are hung up on the numbers. The airplane was CAPABLE of 250 mph, it was not flying 250 mph when it crashed.
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:29 PM
Wine comes in bottles too??
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You guys are hung up on the numbers. The airplane was CAPABLE of 250 mph, it was not flying 250 mph when it crashed.

but I read it on the interweb... so it must be true!
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:00 PM
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It was going plenty fast when he was doing circuts. When the battery packs shifted it shot upwards and lost a lot of it's speed before it came down. Very, very lucky no one got hurt!!
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:14 PM
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Here's a photo of the model before the crash.
My understanding was that a possible cause for the crash was that the batteries slipped free from their mount moving the CG back to a point where the model became uncontrolable.
Anyone know who's Stiletto kit this was?
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:31 PM
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My GUESS would be Diego Lopez.
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:34 PM
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The designer of the plane was the one who was flying it when it crashed. For the life of me I can't remember his name.
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:09 PM
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If that was 250mph I've crashed a plane at atleast 500 Haha
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:37 PM
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Guys
The plane was supposed to fly at 250mph but it was probably going 100mph before something terribly wrong happened. Anyways, just wanted to post the crash for fun viewing. Glad no one was hurt.
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:28 PM
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Ya I was in the stands and me and my dad were about fifteen feet away it landed between us and the rocketry stand all I could here was that whistling sound for the rest of the day
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:23 PM
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Ok guys here are the "closest" facts to date on the Stiletto that went in.

It was a PBM model by Tom Keating. The race version with alky motors can do 240 mph in a dive or more like 210-220 on a level. Tom has won the Unlimited series in the USRA and is one of the best pilots on the circuit- hands down.

The E version Mark had built was probably only able to do around 170- 190 MPH.
These planes are incredibly built and when that Battery pack let loose all that weight went to the aft and it was all over instantly.

How fornuate no one was hurt. Just prooves how dangerous our sport "can" be and how safety precautions need to always be in place. I cant tell ya how glad I was to hear the announcer over the PA telling everyone to "watch out".
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:30 PM
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A bit late but heres some ok video of the after math
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