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Hi Folks,

 

Just a short narrative of how this happened.  I was doing tumbling aerobatics and got spit out of a lomcovak inverted and in a slow left spin at about 2800 feet.  I left the power up and initiated recovery but got impatient when it didn't immediately respond.  A quick flick of forward stick immediately created a cross-over spin that instantly went to 400 degrees per second and flat inverted.  I made two attempts to recover at idle power without success.  I initiated bailout at 800 feet while still spinning at a high rate while flat and inverted.   I got clear of the aircraft and pulled and was instantly under canopy at about 300 or 400 feet and heard the aircraft hit.  I had time enough to kick out one complete twist, unstow the toggles, turn into the wind and descend between 100 foot pine trees for a dynamic Parachute Landing Fall landing about 30 feet from the impact site.   "Plum Crazy" was a beautiful airplane and I miss her a lot.  Thank you SOFTIE, you saved my life!

 

L. D. Jeffries

Holding the SOFTIE Emergency Parachute that saved his life, LD Jeffries describes what happened while flying his Ultimate bi-plane that lies crumpled in the background.