July 30th while flying at our club field, I lost my J3 Cub model
airplane. I have had this plane for about 20 years, it has a 6ft. wing span and
was powered by a Saito Golden Knight FA 82 four stroke engine.
|Take off of the fatal flight
Not sure what
or why, but lost control and it went straight down. My very first thought is
that it was in the bean field across the road, but I was not 100 percent sure
as I was quite away from our flying site. Others thought that it had gone down in
the corn field on our side of the road.
Three of us
set off down the road and entered the corn field where they thought
approximately it should be. We also scanned across the top of the corn, hoping
that it might be sticking up but no such luck. The corn currently is 8 ft. tall
or higher, we decided to come back the next day with my drone and fly over the
corn field in hopes of spotting it. We also had a quick look across the bean
field, just in case.
Monday, we had no luck with the drone, which meant it had gone down through the
stocks. We also started walking the rows of corn in hopes of finding it that
way. After a couple of hours, we had to stop and head back home as company was
Ken and I headed back to the field with the drone to search in a different
area, still no luck.
August 6th. I returned to the
field and along with 4 other club members we started a search by walking, 5
rows part, down the rows of corn from the end closest to the flying field to
where we thought the farthest it could be. Some discouraged and one with
allergies after some time gave up and headed back to the field. I was
determined to find it, if only for the fact that I didn’t want it going through
a piece of farm machinery and causing damage.
walking 5 rows apart was to much, so I went back to the start and every two
rows from the north end of the field, south to where we thought it should be.
After covering 20 rows, I had to leave, only to return Sunday August 6th to continue the search.
Sunday, I picked up where I left off, walking the rows. I missed my cut off
point and ended up walking all the way to the south end of the field. I
continued to do this until I was even with the flight line of the flying field,
this was as far in that it could be. Just to be thorough, I went back to the
first 20 rows that I did the day before and finished walking the rows all the
way to the south end. Nothing!!
|Cub crash site
I am really discouraged by now but thought I would walk across the road and walk the edge of the bean field just in case. About half way back, there in the long grass between the ditch and the bean field was my plane. It had come straight down breaking apart with the motor half buried in the ground.
I picked up
the pieces and carried it back to the field, where I took all the servos,
receiver, and battery out of it and disassembled the rest. Bringing it home
where I will dispose of the wreckage, clean the motor and safe the useable
parts for another plane.
Sad that it
is beyond repair but very happy that it is found and will not go through any
stopping by, comments are always welcome and read. Until the next time, take