Thanks for the post b-29er, I appreciate your analysis of the situation. In retrospect I should have landed it in the beans.Stuff happens. Was spotting at the time, he had to shoot a long approach to blow off energy. Bird like that, with good weight, no flaps, and a narrow wing turns into a glider. Watch the videos above, in his approaches at his home field, he's a good distance from the landing track of the aircraft and can gauge speed quite well. Not to mention the field is wide, so he has the option to land the plane 50' out in the grass. At FFE you are a few feet from the flight line, or you are landing in the soy/on flags, and while it doesn't matter as much for small RCs, for big birds you have a much harder time gauging speed. In his case, the aircraft was at a long distance, nearly head-on with him, and got slow because speed was unjudgeable. Probably under pressure with video crew standing there.
I'm glad this didn't get hangar queened for the rest of the season! @Horseman3381 put some videos up when you re-maiden please!
It almost did turn into a hanger queen. After FFO I put in in the corner of my garage and didn't relay have a desire to do anything with it. Just before labor day there were a number of people at my flying field asking if I was going to bring it out to our clubs big bird fly in. I hadn't originally planned on it, but they ended up talking me into it, and I am glad they did.
I am planing to get some new video footage of it, however it has been 20+mph winds most weekends up here, so as soon as we get some good flying weather I will try. A club buddy of mine has a drone he has been practicing chasing plane. I'm hoping I can get him to get some footage.