Big Bird Saturday
Black Eagle Trophy article on the way, just awaiting final photography but….
In the meantime however and following the PSS weekend we were delivered a howling cold South Easter
slap bang in the middle of winter, which meant a trek up to the St James site
as Red Hill was past the point of being safe and toys were just going to get hurt.
So off we trekked with all the big birds in hand and had a blast throwing a
great variety of PSS planes of the slope and flying the day away.
On the day Christo’s P40 Warhawk was flown with great success and looked majestic,
Marc’s Mosquito took to the air twice as we played with the Cg
and got a nice stable flight pattern out of it,while it screamed around the sky
with some snotspoed, that made landings entertaining to say the least,
when trying to bleed speed off what appears to be a well dressed lead sled.
Finally Steve launched his PSS winning Polikarpov I-15 bi-plane out into the blue
and who said biplanes couldn’t slope! This little beast ran around the sky with some serious intent
and just looked great with the twin wing configuration making the visuals a treat.
Great thing was the way it slowed down for a landing, showing a bit of diversity in it’s flight envelope.
The final coup for the day was to Launch the P38 Lightning out into the
blue with 2 video cameras attached and then spend a good half hour attacking it
with the smaller foamies. The beauty of the scheme being that the foamies just
bounced of the large, stable, tug like Lightning and made for some awesome footage
from the twin on-board cameras. If I ever get to trying to edit it, the shots are just
fantastic from the aerial perspective and something we are not used to seeing.
The only negative of the day had to be the cloud cover that robbed us of some
classic lighting, but enjoy the shots as we plan out another session.
and finally some great shots from the onboard cams, with some views that we are not used to seeing…
What we really never see, the pilots view of the events
Damian sneaking up on the Lightning, all that formation work paying off….
Damian’s Me 109 getting a little close for comfort and in fact got a lot closer than that with a suggested tickle at the closest point
That’s all folks…. for the time being anyway.