View Full Version : Lightning #1 Flyer ??
08-02-2008, 09:38 PM
I only speak Innova ... blame it on availability, but I have a chance to get a #1 Flyer. Is this disc basically a Tee Bird or TL?
08-02-2008, 11:07 PM
08-03-2008, 09:30 AM
Think "Bubba Keg Drink Coaster."
I am not a big fan of Lightning discs. If you are getting it for free then go for it. Unless they have significantly changed their products of the last few years I would not spend $$ on them.
08-03-2008, 04:00 PM
What was the deal with the quality??
08-03-2008, 08:53 PM
I do have a couple of Lightning discs. I am not a fan yet, but I have not tried all of them. I think it is the plastic composite that does not excite me so much.
08-03-2008, 09:09 PM
The base plastic chunks, so if you play a course with rocks it will tear the disc up pretty good. I had a # 1 Flyer that I got in a players pack that held up pretty well on tree hits, but I threw it into the road one day and tore the bejeezus out of it...it looked like somebody took a belt sander to one end of it. If you find one in Prostyle plastic (which I think is called an F-1) the plastic is actually pretty good.
As for the discs, the molds were pretty good back in the day but they have not come out with a new model since 2000. So even the longest Lightning disc is what you would consider a "fairway" driver. The # 1 Flyer is one of the versions of the B-25 Mitchell and dates back to 1994 or 1995, and it is a Speed 6 disc.
So all in all, if I was in a store with money burning a hole in my pocket looking at a DX Cheetah and a base plastic # 1 Flyer selling for the same price, I'm buying a DX Cheetah.
08-03-2008, 09:37 PM
LOL...What Three Putt said. For me, it's the plastic. It's substandard to even the lowest quality plastic coming out of places like Innova, Disccraft, etc.
08-03-2008, 10:15 PM
I asked Steve Howle about the plastic one time...he got pretty defensive and said what you where supposed to do was heat up the disc with a lighter and squeeze the big gouges back into shape. :confused: I never tried it, as I'm pretty sure that is illegal. Anyway, I liked Steve and I'd love to say something different BUT Lightning Discs has the worst base plastic on the market. They also don't have a decent putter or anything you could consider a "distance" disc in their line-up. Other than that they are good discs. :cool:
08-04-2008, 02:33 AM
I do have and also thrown Lighting's Prostyle discs. The D-1 and U-2 Upshots discs. D-1 is kind of the same as #1 Flyer but softer, gripper and its more understable than Cheetah when I first started throwing both of these discs back in the 90's and it did well for me that time. But D-1 sucks for me nowdays (too flippy) but its good for any newbies to borrow it from me. It can make an easy "s-curve" shots.
I DO still carry U-2 Upshots as a soft putter in my bag (also have another one for backup). Its Prostyle plastic is quiet good, soft, gripping, and maintain its shapes over the years of beating the chains. Reminds me a little of Discraft's FLX material but it was Lighting that created the soft (Prostyle) material first in the 90's before Discraft came out with FLX material. Its one of my "go-to" putter disc for making upshots, quick up-close putts, and long slow anhzyer approach/putt shots.
I remember that Lighting are willing to pay $1000 (or is it more?) to anyone who uses their discs to break the world distance record back in the 90's but no one has claim it since then.
Wondering if Lighting's offers still stands today?
08-12-2008, 06:17 PM
road+#1 flyer=new disc flying pattern.
Still have my light blue #1 flyer when I started playing. At first it flew pretty much like it should. After a few road hits and dents it flew perfectly straight, like an arrow. Loved it like this. Now with a few more chunks and tree dings it is my perfect anhyzer disc that cute a rail to the right (RHBH) like no other disc in my bag.
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