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P-51 Mustang deadstick, stall and crash

Old 02-12-2020, 05:43 AM
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Default P-51 Mustang deadstick, stall and crash

It happens even to the best pilots.

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Old 02-12-2020, 11:50 AM
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Engine failed as he was putting in flaps. That stinks!

Keep it clean and level and a slow controlled landing into almost anything is better than a stall and crash.
Old 03-28-2020, 05:04 PM
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He could have save this had he put flaps up and drop the nose to get airspeed up. He had the altiude.
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I did the exact same thing with my TF P-51 on one of my early flights with it. When the engine quit on final, I had full flaps and didn't raise them to decrease my decent. The decent rate tripled and I ended up in the ditch about 20 yards from the runway with one of the landing gear knocked through the wing.
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Yrs ago I had an Ikon Nwest supercub with flaps, it allowed for rather steep landing approach, I wouldn't bother if doing a flat approach.
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Bad luck! As an ex-glider pilot I only use flaps very late in the approach when flying powered aircraft, when I'm certain of "getting in". It's a completely different psychology, viewing a running-engine as a "bonus" rather than "as of right". Mind you, there are other potential issues with very late selection of flap - it does give one a lot of pitch and trim changes to contend with on short-finals, but it does confer some security for the evil-day when the prop stops! (I speak from experience on full-size rather than RC aircraft).

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