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10-10-2005 12:00 PM  13 years agoPost 1
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rrApprentice

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I was out flying my Raptor 50 yesterday practicing my new innovative technique called " Inverted flameout at 125 feet plus". I was inverted when the motor flamed out. The rotor head stopped instantly and the heli was falling inverted to the ground. I could only think what this thing was going to look like when I found it. I pulled the cyclic back and held it even though there was no rotor head movement. Unbelievably, the heli righted itself up again and it was falling like a rock to the ground. It fell behind a hill, and I could only hear it. "CRUNCH"!! Ouch!! Thats gonna leave a mark I went over to get it. It was like being on T.V. (OLN) after shooting a big buck!! Walking through the grass and spotting it helplessly immobile. With the blades pointing up, it looked like a two point buck in the grass. No blood It looked like a clean kill. I looked it over carefully, only broken landing gear. The tail was perfect and the canopy, the rotor head and blades. I couldn't believe my eyes. I put a new set of gear on, rechecked the links and connections, and flew it. I didn't even use the trim on the radio. I wouldn't want to play that game again Talk about being lucky

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10-10-2005 12:03 PM  13 years agoPost 2
spritefiend

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Camarillo, CA

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haha damn... thats pretty cool. lucky as hell there.

any idea what caused the engine failure?

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10-10-2005 12:34 PM  13 years agoPost 3
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rrApprentice

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No idea!! It wasn't a plug, it ran perfectly after the repair

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10-10-2005 02:07 PM  13 years agoPost 4
rob10000

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Western Massachusettes

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Do you have a header tank on that machine?
You could have sucked an air bubble. Or so, I'd check your clunk lines to be sure they are flexible enough to reach around the interior of the tanks.
I was flying David helicopter, and the same thing happened. Whatever fuel line he used was so stiff, it didn't allow the clunk to work and it flamed out.

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10-10-2005 03:24 PM  13 years agoPost 5
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Yup! It had a header tank and was completely full. I had only two minutes in the air when it died. Rob, you should have seen it It fell like a rock upside down and like a cat, landed on it's feet with only broken landing gear I'm talking 125 feet plus! Lucky!!

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