CptChaos
Earlier this year, on one of the rare occasions I found time to fly, I showed up at our clubs flying field. It was the day we officially started the 2018 flying season and many clubmembers were present.

Most of them left their expensive planes at home and brought foamies instead, to have some flying fun and talk to the other clubmembers.

I had not been flying for quite some time, so I opted for one of the easiest planes to fly in my hangar - my good old F-22 V2 with KF2 airfolis. It was the first RC plane I had ever built, flown, and learned on, straight after simulator training.

Yes, five years ago RCPowers got dad and me into the hobby. And this plane, my trusted F-22 Prototype, was still alive and in considerably good condition.

So we were all having fun, going through several batterypacks, in sunny weather and with almost no wind. The blue sky was full of foam Planes (up to 10) most of the time, and it really was a great day.

Until... (see photos)

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Regards, Wolfgang
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CptChaos
So what happend?

I was flying some tight circles near the upper end of the runway and had about one minute flight time left on my battery. So I decided to do one last pass, then turn her around and land.

At the same time a fellow clubmember announced a WOT low pass with his Hobbyking foam Me-163 Comet (top speed near 120 mph) from the opposite direction. So our planes would be on collision course.

I considered the situation to be safe, since I kept my F-22 at least 30 feet high. Unfortunately my clubmates definition of the term "low" differed from mine by several feet.

The result was the most epic mid-air collision I've ever witnessed in real life. I will never forget that sound when the two planes hit each other, followed by deadly silence until the last foam part touched the ground like a lost feather.

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Regards, Wolfgang
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Wildthing
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So what happend?

I was flying some tight circles near the upper end of the runway and had about one minute flight time left on my battery. So I decided to do one last pass, then turn her around and land.

At the same time a fellow clubmember announced a WOT low pass with his Hobbyking foam ME-163 Comet (top speed near 120 mph) from the opposite direction. So our planes would be on collision course.

I considered the situation to be safe, since I kept my F-22 at least 30 feet high. Unfortunately my clubmate's definition of the term "low" differed from mine by several feet.

The result was the most epic mid-air collision I've ever witnessed in real life. I will never forget that ugly sound when the two planes hit each other, followed by deadly silence until the last foam part touched the ground like a lost feather.

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I expected worse
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CptChaos
Well... considering the Messerschmitt Comet hit the right wing of my F-22 at more than 100 mph, while I was flying at about 50 mph in the opposite direction, the damage was not as severe as expected.

Dave Powers once said: Make your first build sloppy, but sturdy. And while I never crashed my F-22 before, it looks like Daves advice finally payed out - after five years!

In fact the electronics were all fine - even the battery and the prop survived undamaged. However the fuselage had taken some heavy beating. The impact had literally broken its spine. And even if it probably could have been repaired, I decided to call this my first loss.

I was a little sad, because there were so many good memories connected to this F-22. It was my first build ever, and had served me well in more than 100 flights. At least it died in the most spectacular way I can think off.

Back home I recovered the electronics from the foam and trashed the broken fuselage. Then I went over to our hangar room, and had a look at all those other planes, my F-18 V2, F-35 V2 and my F-15 among them. Two years earlier I had given my second built F-22 to my dad, after he lawn darted his own. So the spot for my F-22 was now empty and that moment I realised, that it was time to follow RCPowers' advice once again:

Fly, crash, rebuild... no matter if this circle takes five years!

The sky over our clubfield will once again be ruled by the F-22 V2, and no ME 163 Comet will dare to come across her flightpath again! (Hopefully! )

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Regards, Wolfgang
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Lgel
It seems that in every RC club there is a member who always circles in the opposite direction of the rest of the flyers, and is genuinely surprised after every mid air he causes.

He helps us maintain our repair and building skills up to date, and force us to retire planes that were begging for it.

When we are more than two flyers meeting to slope soar I choose to fly my combat wing, the deterrent effect is surprising.

Cheers.
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FlyteTime
I thought you were going to say you crashed into one of these.........
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I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
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TomMonton
Comet killer .... good one !

I remember my folks drove a comet for awhile and I also remember they were never much impressed with it.

Very nice rebuild. The little added touches really look good.
Fly like your mad at it.
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DualDesertEagle
Who else thought of a literal comet or the old 4-streamed DH Comet (or a model thereof) at first?
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