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In other news, video of Kyle Paulson's record-tying 232mph DS run at Parker Mountain has been uploaded to The DS Zone.
In other news, Gary Legerton broke Kyle's DS record a couple weeks ago with a 232mph run at Parker Mountain, using a carbon Opus DS-V. The Opus's wing blew up shortly after acheiving this speed. Just last weekend, we got some more Santa Ana conditions, and Kyle managed to tie Gary's record with his McLean Extreme 2 meter. The plane was somewhat damaged by flutter, but landed safely after a bit of a struggle. Congrats to both Gary and Kyle!
In completely unrelated news, check out my review of the Hobby Lobby Habicht micro glider on the LiftZone.
Also, I neglected to mention that Bruce Bedoe scored a 167mph run with his Opus V last Saturday. That's the highest speed yet recorded with an Opus!
We had an incredible day of of DS'ing at Vincent today. Kyle and I arrived around 2PM and found Doug Reel and Bruce Bedoe already at the hill. Our friend Andy arrived with the radar gun (a ProSpeed K-band unit, which we calibrated beforehand) about a half our later. Doug was already DS'ing when we got there, but it was very turbulant, and there was talk about going to Parker. We decided to wait around, though, and about a 1/2 hour later, it started to get smooth out.
Doug was up first. He immediately started turning 180's and 190's (I was operating the radar gun, btw). Several minutes later he had reach 199mph twice and seemed a bit frustrated. But conditions were still getting better. After a quick breather, he dove back in and turned a 206. This was followed by a 201, and finally, a 212mph, a new record!
Kyle was up next and he was quickly doing turns in the 190's, followed by some 207's and 208's, and then, a 211. A short time later he turned a 215mph run, another new record.
Both Kyle and Doug were solidly in the 200+ range all day. There were only three 210+ readings, but between the two of them, they got dozens of runs at 200-210mph. Both were flying McLean Extreme 2 meters, which from what I've seen is an amazing airplane. The Extremes were incredibly solid at speed, having no flutter, and barely, if any wing flex. I'm convinced it has the potential to go well in excess of 200mph. Congrats to Brian McLean, and both Kyle and Doug for joining the 200+ club!
Both Kyle's and Dougs runs were video taped. I'm hoping we have the tape up on the net this week.
I also had a great day, breaking my own personal best with a 195mph run! Andy also bested his PB with a 187. Both of us were flying our Sting-DS's.
Check out all our speeds in the usual place..
The good news is that I broke my past personal best with a 153mph run. Now the bad news: The Opus was not having a good time. The wings were really flexing, both positive and negative, as it passed through the boundary layer on the top. At speeds over 145, the entire wing was fluttering badly.
After a 148mph pass, the Opus fluttered violently on the downhill portion of the circle, before the bottom turn, which it hadn't done before (it had previously only done it when coming up the hill). I had about 1 second of zero control (though it seemed much, much longer), and the plane stuffed into the hill. Click here to see the aftermath.
Also, you can take a look at higher-rez version of a video of Andy's 184mph run at Vincent here.
Also, in honor of Craig Toutolmin and Dave Reese cracking the 200mph mark in May, I've added a new color to my patented DS chart. :)
My review of the new Radio Carbon Art video, Endless Lift 3, is up at LiftZone.
To be honest, it wasn't my favorite. I thought there was much electric stuff, and a lot of the glider stuff wasn't terribly exciting. Perhaps I'm being a bit to hard
on it, as there is some cool stuff, but I liked the previous video,
Endless Lift 2 much, much better. On the other hand, Radio Carbon Art has a new video out called I Just Want to Fly,
which seems to carry on more in the spirit of EL2. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
Since I now finally have some pictures of the Opus V in flight, I went ahead and updated the review page.
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