Several members of NASA traveled to Muncie, IN, for the 2004 F3B Nationals. Those members were Tim Foster, Randy Chronic, Chris Brann, and myself. Traveling to Muncie on Thursday, July 22, we hung out Friday and checked out the AMA headquarters and museum, which I was real impressed with. Random for a building in the middle of Indiana soybean and corn fields. Despite the hectic travel schedule (leaving Muncie at 8:30pm, Sunday evening, with work on Monday in Atlanta), I think everybody was glad they went.
Unluckily for some, I got to see most all of the major modes of failures at a soaring contest. Diving into the ground on a speed turn, getting your nose wrapped around the winch line on your zoom, getting your tail wrapped up in the line on launch, mid-air collision, and the impressive failure of a wing root. The South African team had the bad luck to get involved in three of those, but both the speed with which they were able to get flying again and the amount of CA they used were both awesome. Below are some pictures of the most impressive failure, Mike Smith\'s Furio NYX, which blew up right at the top of his launch.
Were not really sure what the scores were, but I dont really need to know how close to last I came anyway. :)