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elevator mutation

earthsciteach

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#1
We were flying after school today in high winds. At some point my left elevator seceded from the tail surface. Kind of weird, because I was able to land it like a harrier with no problems.

[video]http://qik.com/video/d9eab621a7d84d6285f1ea9050cbc7ed[/video]
 

ananas1301

Crazy flyer/crasher :D
#2
Haha that looks funny!

"Put your finger in it :D"
"Ahhhh"

What surprises me really that you got it down safely in a harrier.

Maybe the shape kinda increased the surface area of the elevator so you just had to steer against the natural torque and you had a mmuch bigger e-surface area which made it able for you to harrier.

Well that is my detective analysis :D
 

earthsciteach

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#3
It must have happened very near the end of the flight, as I was just hovering in the wind, low to the ground. It required such constant control input anyway that I guess I was compensating for it without even knowing it happened.
 

ananas1301

Crazy flyer/crasher :D
#7
I would say that tape would do enough on it. It is not really a type of plane that needs to have a solid surface at the back.