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Two of were set up to take off from a field last Saturday. The field had been recently sown and was still wet after the recent snow. It’s heavy clay around here, so a certain amount of the mud stuck to our shoes, but seemingly nothing undue.

My friend was the first to take off. I was standing behind him, slightly off to one side. When he started his take-off run I noticed some clods of earth being thrown off his shoes as he ran. Anyway, after a few meters there was a sharp crack and he lost thrust and aborted the take-off. When we inspected his prop the tips had been trashed.

It’s obvious in hind-site that flying mud can trash a prop, but it was something overlooked by these two relative newbies to the sport. Don’t make the same mistake.


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