SEN issue 1113 - 10 July 2007
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Table of Contents - SEN 1113
- Dukie has Seelig bits
- Odessa mid-air
- Watch your Seelig
Dukie has Seelig bits
OK, here's the deal. It's OK to tell your readers that I am the most likely guy in the western world that I might have a spring for a seelig timer. Jeez, memories are short with these old geezers aren't they.
I forgot to mention in my report a description of the mid air collision involving the British and American F1C models, and since this feat of precision British execution to plan has been alluded to, I figured some details would be interesting.
This one in a million event happened not over the flight line as one would expect, but rather about 1 mile downwind and at an altitude of around 500 feet. I was positioned downwind watching Bucky Servaites F1C come overhead just at the moment of DT. The Brits were standing a few feet away watching Alan Jack's model when suddenly they yelled out words like "incredible" and everyone stared up in the sky. Bucky's model had just hit Alan's as they circled in the same thermal just as they were about to DT. The fin and stab were sheared off the British model and were floating away while the fuselage and wing were spinning down. Meanwhile the American model seemed to be DTing down normally. I picked up Bucky's model just after it hit the ground about 6 feet from another model and about 20 feet from a cement building, and the only damage I could find was a ding in the leading edge of the wing about a foot from the center. Obviously Alan's model did not fare as well.
So even though we didn't win any official medals this year, the US team went two for two in air to air combat this year when including my towing encounter.
Watch your Seelig
Ed,Take it out of the model and then have a jeweler clean it, this approach has worked for me, let me know. George Lewis