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Old 09-18-2004, 10:52 PM   #1
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Mid Air Collision... One in a million!

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Of course 'one in a million' is my crude estimation, but if you'd seen it you would agree. Last Sunday I was at the local flying club. A couple of pilots were flying Sig-Kadets (excellent planes, by the way). They were each using their own airspace more or less, but they crossed paths once, nearly meeting head on, both going very fast (40-50MPH probably). The planes passed by each other, and though it looked very close, they did not wobble, or disintegrate as one might expect. In fact, we were all convinced that nothing had happened until a moment later when the sound reached us. There was a termendous crack noise. Even though all seemed ok, they both landed quickly (perfect landings). The first came in missing about 3" off the right wing and the second came in with a broken main spar and two broken ribs, under the wing, about 3" out from the fuselage. Mid-air collisions are rare anyway, but to have both planes hit at that speed and then land flawlessly has got to be a rare occurence! Anybody else got a mid-air experience to share?
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Old 09-19-2004, 06:16 AM   #2
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Anybody else got a mid-air experience to share?
"A midair experience" How about some? I Pylon Race, do you have a few weeks.

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Old 09-19-2004, 07:10 AM   #3
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Ever mid-air with a stationary object?

I was flying my Belanic glider, lost depth perception and ended up stalling right on top of a neighbors TV tower, with the big antennae. Needless to say, it tangled with the antennae for a few seconds and then bounced/slid off the side. Straight down, recovery at about 5 feet and smooth landing.

Now, there are about 4 deep scars in the covering, with 1 that actually ripped it.

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Old 09-19-2004, 07:16 AM   #4
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Practicing for a fun fly ,I put an egg in one cockpit of my BUSA big Taube and took off to practice for accuracy.
I pulled the model into a loop,but stalled it at the top and the egg dropped out. I finished the loop and hit the egg square in the air but landed the model unmarked except for raw egg dripping off it. True story.......I had witnesses.
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Old 09-19-2004, 10:10 AM   #5
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I think in the past several years there have been about 3 midairs involving Blue Hawk Biplanes. The one I was there to witness was during a grusome funfly a couple years back. I went out with another fellow who just crashed his plane to help pick up the peices. As soon as we get to his downed plane we hear a "Thwop" and look back toward the field to see a cloud balsa raining down.
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Old 09-19-2004, 05:30 PM   #6
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Mid airs

I went out west to winnipeg manitoba to see my brother this summer. My plane that I shipped didn't make it in time so my brother let me fly his dazzler. I had just got it in the air and was getting used to it when a ultra sport 40 turned into me and we hit hard. The dazzler was trashed fell straight down. While the ultra sport made a spactaular lawn dart effect.
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I have seen quite a few mid airs myself and had 2 today in a scale combat contest. I prefer coro over wood.
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Old 09-19-2004, 07:01 PM   #7
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Re: midair

[quote="Warbird_ace"]Ever mid-air with a stationary object?

Heh more than once 2 planes in trees and one glider into a light pole. the planes had little more than minor damage and the glider was fine. nose darted in from 20 feet or more after I hit the lightpole.. lucky there had to be 2 feet of snow under it :P
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Old 09-19-2004, 09:00 PM   #8
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Do I have experience with a midair... you could say that....

Check out this topic...

As it says in the post, this was the third midair my friend and I had with each other....

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I'm with Ed and have had quite a few. Most noteworthy is turning at #1 when a guy tbones you. Just a big explosion.
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Our airfield is adjacent a park with great honking light arrays on concrete posts. (Ball diamonds)

Two years ago, just after the poles had been errected, and also just after my son got his wings, he was flying his kadet LT-40.

Coming in for a landing, he realized he was a bit too close to the flight light and attempted to move out. However, as a new pilot he suffered a "brain fart" and got his left and right swapped and ended up flying the plane at himself. Panic pull-up, apply power and "Oh Crap!" he's over the pit area, heading for the parking lot, fighting to get back into legal airspace, and swings past a pole. We all heard a distinct "THWACK!!" as it shared space with the nearest pole. We waited for the peces to come showering down, but they didn't.

A more experience club member jumped to his aid, talked him down out of his panic, and stood by him as he completed a flawless landing.

Inspection of the plane showed ONLY a concrete grey SCUFF MARK on the top of the left wing along part of the third rib from the end of the wing. We have challenged any number of flyers to replicate that pass without takers.

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