Posted by TTRotary |
Oct 22, 2012 @ 07:45 PM | 2,879 Views
I crashed my World Models .60 Spitfire on turn to base yesterday, on the 3rd flight. The plane went in inverted, almost straight in. It happened very fast and was over before I could react. I held up elevator all the way down. Total loss. So what happened?
Prelude to disaster: I completed a windward pass down the runway after coming out of an immelman. The plane was about 200 feet up or so, lower than normal perhaps. Downrange, I pulled the throttle back to 1/2 and dropped the gear, so I could see clearly that both legs were down. I then initiated a turn to downwind leg, with the plane still moving along pretty fast. Flaps down. Plane starts to lose altitude. Midway down the downwind leg, I added elevator to gain altitude. Inexplicably, probably because I was in the mindset of scrubbing off speed, I did not advance the throttle. This was probably brain fart #1. The plane did gain altitude, however, but was still lower than it normally would be. I remeber thinking that I could not see it well (see below) At this point, I initiated the turn to base, using ailerons only. I have no idea how much up elevator I was still holding at this point. And then it happened. Loss of orientation, some stick movements of some sort, then in it went. I probably tip-stalled it in the turn, so that it rolled over to the inside of the turn - or maybe it was not headed in the direction I thought and my stick input was the reverse of what it should have been.
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