Slope Bash Pictures
All planes in our slope bash start with the same basic set of materials. No additions are allowed. Creative use of the wing beds and the fuselage block leaves room for unique additions like wing tanks. We've had many incredible designs, a school bus, an a-6 intruder, a flying wing, a german buzz bomb... even a p-51 dual fuse. The bash has unique design and building challenges, can it fly? and will it hold together? The winds are another difficult aspect, while it's generally very strong for the bash, light winds give the advantage to the more agile planes.
These are some pictures of a small group of friends flying off a 10,000' mountain in the High Uinta's east of SLC (Tower Mtn, SE of Heber). This is a huge rounded moutain top with incredible lift which would take the plane up a 1000' in a matter of seconds. It's an incredible site!
These are some crash pictures from many years ago... I'm a much better pilot now ;-) The saturn lost it's wings at about 1200 feet agl. It was my first high performance sailplane and I was having trouble keeping it down on such a booming day! (I hadn't built the flaps to save weight) I was specked for so long I figured a slight dive would bring me back to a more flyable altitude. I should have spun it down in a nice safe stall spin... I was used to slope planes I could dive down from any altitude. The plane was a total loss, including all internal radio components; my homeowners insurance paid for the damage to the home. All in all, it was a nearly $1,500.00 learning experience. I was in such shock (and scared) I didn't fly again for over a year. Besides that, it took some time to get over the financial loss.
This page was updated Monday, June 14, 2004