Re: Test Flight SE5

Douglas R. Jones (
Mon, 23 Oct 1995 13:25:28 -0500

>The aircraft received four shake down flights this weekend two each on Saturday
>and Sunday.
> Saturday's weather wasn't the best, I left the house with a mild hint of a
>breeze and by the time I arrived at the field a steady wind of 20 KPH was
>evident. Being the brave aviator (fool :-)) I ventured forth regardless. The
>SE5 had its tail up as soon as power was applied and at about half throttle
>lifted off smoothly after about 30' on the ground (all that time spent tuning
>the rigging was actually proving useful). Climbed for altitude and circled the
>field several times getting the feel of the airplane. Then feeling quite
>confident with the plane proceeded with a few aerobatics (what good's a fighter
>that can't sunt, eh). Nice loop, ragged slow roll (not normally performed in
>WWI), snap roll is so quick if you blink its does two rotations and a snap roll
>into a split is really neat.

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