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Landing my P=51?


Old 05-04-2003, 11:09 PM
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Guys, let me stat by saying that I have never flown a low wing plane before, let alone a warbird. I have however successfully mastered landing my Aerobird and I also flew a .40 size trainer about 15 years ago with good results.
My question is, how slow will I be able to land the GWS P-51 that I recently completed? 1/2 throttle? 1/4? I have no problem taking off and flying, but landing without destroying it has me really nervous!
Yesterday, I was messing around in a parking lot, taxiing it around and it did lift off. I immediately cut the throttle. It glided for a few feet, then tipped to the right and bounced off the pavement. I don't know if that was what is called "tip stall" or if the wind got hold of it. It was pretty breezy. Luckily, there wasn't much damage, just some road rash on the wing tip.
Thanks in advance for any tips you can give.
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Old 05-04-2003, 11:28 PM
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You can't just set the throttle at a fixed setting and hope that everything will be alright. You have to get a "feel" for the plane at ALL throttle settings. It's called throttle management and it varies with things like temp, humidity, wind velocity, wind direction ect... . One of the MOST important thing that you can do is get very comfortable with rudder control. On approach, keep and control the the speed of the plane by making continuous throttle corrections and controlling the direction of the plane using small rudder movements. IMHO
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