As I sit anticipating the first flight of another RC airplane, I recall past first flights and how different from my expectations they were. It seems that the more time spent in the shop creating a thing of beauty, the greater the risk of destroying it the first time out. Fortunately, I've had many exceptions to this rule, though my appreciation of an untested craft always seems to be completely different from a well seasoned one.
The first plane that I built and flew fully by myself was a Gentle Lady glider. I had also constructed the Heathkit radio, from the circuit board up. My construction techniques were none too polished, though adequate. I did manage to create a beautiful white craft with transparent red wings and tail. For reasons I don't recall, the first test glide was with the radio off. Trim was perfect, no left or right deviation, no stall or dive. It also had a much flatter glide slope than I had imagined. After crossing 75' of the back yard, the leading edge crumpled against a tree trunk a foot off the ground.