A spider clung to my windshield for several hours when I was driving at highway speeds. Only to be crushed by my windshield wiper.
I'd argue that the first test of the wind turbine was a success. It lasted for 3 days. Wind turbines need to last for ten years plus. True, it appeared to have survived the 100+mph winds. But it was those winds that were slowly destroying the device. With the catalyst for failure probably something as simple as a wind shift or the perfect resonant wind speed.
Is there any data from that device? How many watts did it produce? Is it enough to get my DeLorian back to 1985?