Originally Posted by dlomheim
Bill; Do you know of many RV's that have "flipped" upon ditching? in the early 2000's I remember reading about an RV-8 off the Hawaiian Islands that lost it's engine and had to ditch. It didn't flip in that specific case, but the pilot later said he wished he hadn't opened his sliding canopy all the way (prior to touchdown) since it slammed forward with great velocity, and could have become stuck if unlucky. His conclusion was to unlock it, but not open it prior to touchdown in a ditching situation.
RV-3A restored / sold
Don't know how many have flipped, but in case some missed the video of this RV-7 ditching from 2015. This guy also opened the canopy, like the RV-8 off of Hawaii, but I'll bet it also slammed shut. Note that the flaps appear to be up.