According to the pilot/owner/builder of the Minicoupe, he conducted taxi tests, and then a final engine run-up and flight control check prior to takeoff on the airplane’s second flight near Baltimore.
After rotation, the plane reached approximately 3 feet above the runway when the nose dropped, and application of full up elevator had no effect. The airplane hit the runway nose first, which resulted in substantial damage to the firewall.
This was the identical outcome as the first flight several months prior. [Read more…]