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Dear Friends of SOAR
The purpose of the test was to verify the forward stability of the
aircraft with its new tail wheel-locking pin. We felt optimistic.
Each test we have done, we video, reviewing the test trying to establish
the best way to handle the prototype aircraft. No one knows how the
109 will react. This was not done before. We have videos of the test,
unfortunately the cameraman seeing what was happening became alarmed
and that is why the camera is pointing up in the air, losing the moment
of the accident. We are still trying to determine the extent of the
damage. What we know so far is that both landing gear uplock pins
are damaged, the lower fuel tank, both ailerons, both sheet metal
cowlings damaged. We believe the prop is not repairable. We don't
think that there was any damage to the engine because the prop was
still turning after making a 360 loop. I shut the engine down, the
ground contact didn't.