and the fat lady sings
What a lovely South Wester on Sunday and
the Kommetjie slope delivered beautiful stable
conditions with the wind holding firm throughout the day
and in the ice cold conditions, the lift maintained
fantastic energy, for what wind was actually blowing on your face.
In what could be described as somewhat less lift than St. James
delivered for the day when the warbirds were last hoisted off the cliff,
Steve chose to find out what the Polikarpov i-15 biplane really was able to fly in.
With it’s rather large fuselage, short nose moment and biplane layout there had
to be just a hint of a concern as to just what enough lift would
be required to keep this rather short, rotund and lead laden lady in the air.
Steve recons the Polikarpov weight is undetermined as yet, as his scale only goes to 5 kilo’s!
Not a problem though. Once off the slope, this pocket rocket lifted it’s skirts
and flew like a dream in conditions that would have had one thinking
that it would be a trifle light. So once more, lessons learnt that
sometimes we underestimate our craft and their gliding abilities.