Merlin maidened his VQ mdl P-51B Mustang 46 ARF Shangri-La today, December 28, 2008, at the SSF in Parrish, Florida.
The video is short because after the take off, I started to take a few still. Shortly after, the motor stopped abruptly and as I tried to video the dead stick approach, I could not find the plane in the viewfinder. However, Merlin made a spectacular recovery and glided in over the fence at right angles to the runway and at the last minute made a swift left hand turn to glide it down the runway. Subsequent tests proved the esc to be dead.