2018 WMAA Freeze fly

2018 WMAA Freeze fly

The Westerville Model Aeronatics Association has a yearly tradition like most R/C clubs to go out and fly on January 1st in celebration of a new year.  Following are some shots from the 2018 event which well and truly lived up to its name!   When we left the house it was -4 degrees Fahrenheit with an additional -10F  wind chill. We also had about 3 inches of fresh powder snow. We put our batteries in an insulated lunch box to try to keep them warm!  I have done these events for many years and in many types of conditions and have to say this was by FAR the craziest conditions I have ever flown in!  However it is always good to see friends at the field during the winter and all in all it was a successful morning. 

 Someone brought a portable fire ring. Thank goodness! Now who has the matches?! 

Mmmmm. Donuts and hot coffee! 

   

Wind gusts cut right through you and blew this seaplane off the table.  Fortunately no damage!  

Many of us got to use our ski's and pontoons for the first time off the snow. 

I flew my gunfighter p-51 as a hand launch a couple times and had to laugh when it tried to bury itself under the snow each time it landed.  Defiantly a seaplane/bush plane kind of day! 

 

One pilot, two spotters for warmth and moral support! 

Flights lasted about 4 minutes regardless of initial battery capacity. The pilots couldn't last any longer than that without running back to the fire pit to warm up. Only one pilot was brave enough to try to start his nitro plane and in the cold it would not cooperate. I don't know how the boys up in Northern Michigan and Minnesota do it!  I found I had to take my gloves off to feel the sticks only to get alarmed when my fingers started sticking to the metal!  

I tried to get some more photos but the camera kept freezing up and shutting off!  

My wife usually asks if I am crazy when I bring home a new plane.  After this event I think she may be right!  

After a couple hours out in the cold sharing stories, getting in a flew flights and in general laughing at how crazy we all were to come out in those conditions,  we wrapped up and agreed to come back when it was warmer!  Until then, we will see you at the indoor flies!    

 

 

 

  





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