Originally Posted by David Paule
RV-3s have the choice of a slide-back or a tip-over canopy. On mine, I'm choosing the tipover version mostly to get rid of the viewing obstruction of the windshield frame - which to be honest, doesn't seem like a big deal, having sat in two now.
Per the above comments, my first RV flight was an early (serial number 5) RV3, a tip-over. I like the Tip Over for the same reason I loved the F16 canopy, no bow=great visibility
As far as flip over/canopy loss, both my RV4 and HR2 have tip overs and in over 2000 hours they never "fell" off and worked very well. !f you lock it, it's doesn't blow open!
Additionally I have witnessed and been a first-responder to three RV flip-overs. Two slider 6A's and one Tip over RV3. All three trapped their occupants until we were able to lift them enough to slide/cut them out, one under two feet of mud in a corn field.
Slider vs Tip over wouldn't have mattered.
A proper canopy...tip up with no bow.
PS: The above mentioned RV3 was very light weight, no electrical system and hand propped 0-320 with a Tip over canopy. It broke a record in 78" for time to climb and absolute altitude (21K) that stood until recently for it's class, (C1A).