This is a Gator It was not entirely successful. It did in fact fly but only because it was totally out of control. He landed sideways across the drive way and flew down the hill, hit a redwood tree and was tossed out. Fortunately there was a wire fence that stopped him from rolling to the bottom of the hill.
One of our tenants and a friend noticed smoke (live in the forest, smoke REALLY gets your attention) and went to check it out. She found the Gator still running thus the smoke. They also discovered Larry. He'd been done there for about an hour before they discovered him. That was a very good thing because I'm used to him running around the property all day so I wouldn't have gone looking for him until about 6 pm.They called 911 and then came and got me. The paramedics and firefighters arrived, got his neck safely contained, got him on a backboard, up the hill to the ambulance and across to our neighbors property which was the only place the helicopter had to land and flew him off to the local trauma center.
There it was determined that he broke his left hip, pulled the ball from the socket The femoral head is the ball, the acetabulum is the socket, and had a partial fracture of the left knee. The trauma surgeon put a pin (really used a drill and shot a bolt, I was told I could stay but when they showed up with an actual drill I decided to leave the room. On one hand I was fascinated on the other they were doing it to my husband) through his knee and added weights to it in the hopes it would pull the ball back into the socket. He was then sent to ICU. As it happens one of my cousins is a nurse in that very ICU. By a twist of fate Sue was working a half day the next day. She spent time talking to Larry and discovered I wouldn't arrive until after she left. Incredibly wonderful person that she is, she waited 1 1/2 hours after her shift was over just so she could talk to me and assure me Larry was doing fine, explain what the coming processes would be and told me to call if I had any questions. She's so adorable she said "I've been a nurse for 23 years (wait how in the hell did THAT happen) if I can't answer your medical questions by now I can find some one who can."
I'm fast running out of steam and this could get REALLY long so I'll finish it up tomorrow - sorry to leave you hanging but the ultimate result is that he'll eventually be ok.