Oly II from Skybench

(by Philippe) A nice evening flight with flying4nature’s ‘big old girl’ the Oly II from Skybench.
You will see a mass of black clouds climbing over the Jura mountains towards ‘home field’ and then Mont Blanc in the background over the far side of Lac Leman. 15 minutes after the flight the black clouds rolled in bringing thunder, lightning and torrential rain. I was very glad to get all that wood safely indoors in time!

The Oly II is an evolution of the Olympic II designed and kitted by Airtronics in 1970. Since she was a huge hit in the 70’s and 80’s, Skybench have done a little tweaking and modernising and the end result is a very fine flying 100″ RE woodie.
Mine is a post 2006 kit using bang up to date electronics and a brushless motor meaning she truly is a fly anywhere, anytime bird.
Some people say that the additional weight of the motor makes the Oly II fly better now than the earlier designs but I am too young to be able to compare. Phew!
Onboard filming was done with a Mobius camera in 1080p at 30fps.

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