I have had some students who seem to wonder why I harp on short, rough country landing techniques so much. Their thought is, I don't do those things. I use big, paved runways and get fuel from a truck and eat at the airport cafe etc.
So, this Tuesday I launch in the Luscombe for California. Stop for gas along the way, since it takes a long time to get anywhere in the Luscombe. On climbout from Twenty Nine Palms, the engine dies at 800 ft. agl. Nothing I try helps. Not mags, mixture, carb heat... or changing tanks.
Get a short, rough dirt road picked out... make a quick, low 180 into the wind. Touchdown on the mains. All is well. Except for the short part. The Luscombe can slip, but has no flaps. The VG's allow for a bit more speed bleed off in that last turn. Shoulder harnesses make the impending rapid loss of speed survivable. So, after the road ended, it was off through the sage brush. A dirt berm finished off the rollout once and for all and she went on her back. The grinding noises from the engine on rollout and then the crunching metal sound during the flip onto the backside leave a lasting impression.
Walked away from the wreckage. That is where the training pays off.
The insurance company can deal with the rest....
Sorry to see the old girl go.