GWS Formosa Maiden Flight
Today was the maiden flight of my new GWS Formosa, which I have now dubbed “The Rocket.” This plane flies fast and rolls fast. It rolls faster than the frame rate of my camera, so you can barely tell when it’s rolling. I would estimate it can do about 3-4 rolls per second. My first flight was a crash because I attempted a loop right out of the gate, and lost control. Oops. Second flight was beautiful, with a picture perfect landing. The third flight I played with some inverted flight, and I lost my orientation. I was about two mistakes high, but I lost orientation twice, and crashed hard. My packing tape held up great! The fuselage is cracked in 4 places around the battery box, but it’s still in one piece. With some epoxy and a bit of plywood reinforcement, it’ll be back in the air in no time.
Here’s a quick video of my third flight. You can see some rapid rolls and inverted flight. About 5 seconds after the video stopped rolling, I ate the dirt. Enjoy: