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Buzz Bomb First Flight!

Stevens Aero Buzz Bomb now complete, ready for first flight

Stevens Aero Buzz Bomb now complete, ready for first flight

I am happy to report that I had a successful maiden flight this afternoon of my Buzz Bomb at the Stone Mountain RC Flyers club field.

Today was a first on several fronts.  This was the first time I had flown outdoors with a club in around 11 years.  Previous flying in Chicago was indoors due to the cold and windy weather.  This was also my first time with multi-cell lipo batteries.

View of the Stone Mountain RC Flyers paved runway and pilot area

View of the Stone Mountain RC Flyers paved runway and pilot area

The Stone Mountain RC Flyers have a great facility with an ample number of setup tables, covered work areas, electrical plugs and even newly installed cooling fans.  Plus, a paved runway to boot!

After an inspection by club officers, the Buzz Bomb was ready to fly.  I was a bit nervous as I set everything up.  But the wind was right down the runway and the initial take off and flight went very well.

Maiden flight of the Buzz Bomb is complete

Maiden flight of the Buzz Bomb is complete

The Buzz Bomb has a nice a positive feel, although George mentioned a bit of expo would help smooth out the flight.  I agree and will act on this when I return home after a six day United Express trip that starts tomorrow.

I also need to do something regarding the landing gear.  As the Buzz Bomb is a recreation of the 1940s classic free flight design, the landing gear in those early days of flight, for whatever reason, extended forward.  This always makes for tricky ground handling characteristics with radio control variants.  I think I will work something to make the landing gear more straight down at the attachment point, as well as to add in some toe-in to assist with straight ground tracking.

In any event, I am very pleased with today’s Buzz Bomb first flight and look forward to working out the minor kinks. I’ll provide a full update of my building experience with the Buzz Bomb in a later update to the website.

Maiden flight of Stevens Aero Buzz Bomb

Maiden flight of Stevens Aero Buzz Bomb