I met up with Tim Mackey, who bravely agreed to be my launcher (many thanks Tim!) and I set about rigging the big beast. I actually prefer rigging the A10 now than the B52, which is a pain in the arse with the amount of wiring she now runs, along with the rusty rods that hold the tail on.
|All the bits ready to bolt together|
I digress. In no time at all the Hog was air-ready, and Tim had been sampling the big air with his Vulcan to great effect. A quick reading on the Vavuud showed an average of 28mph with 33mp gusts - a fair way off her maiden winds that were 51mph gusting 60!
I decided to go for it, as at least launching from the top gave me a "get-out" on the lower shelf, one of the SW bowl's best features. With a grunt and a good dollop of nose-down attitude from Tim, she was away cleanly and climbing very well.
|A steady climb-out|
|In the groove|
|Splat! Still in motion at this point..|
A great outing that was well worth the stick time, I then went on to have 2 or 3 more flights with the Hawk, dodging rain showers as they came through. Now I know she can fly in winds in the high 20's, I'd be happy to have her chucked off in, say, a 25mph with a touch of flap. More wind speeds = more Hog Air Time, which has to be good!