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Flying tips for P-51 maiden

Old 09-01-2011, 08:17 AM
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Default Flying tips for P-51 maiden

Before I maiden my Hyperion P-51 I thought I might ask for some flying tips. This plane does not have flaps!. I mostly fly my Extra's 260 and 330 and Hyperion Sukhoi but these planes handle sharp turns and can float-in on landings..... Im concerned mostly about landing on a asphalt parking lot!. THanks,
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Default RE: Flying tips for P-51 maiden

Typically most mustangs will tip stall MUCH QUICKER that an Extra or Sukhoi. Usually the first mistake that people make with a WWII plane is that they think it should take off like their Extra, or 3d plane and NOT use much runway to get airborne. BIG MISTAKE! I've seen more guys whether its nitro or electric get a WWII plane, pull it off the ground too soon and put it into an UN-RECOVERABLE Tip stall in which winds up with a BIG crash as the plane cartwheels on its wing tips, prop and elevator. NOT a pretty site.

The key thing to keep in mind with most Warbirds, hold FULL up elevator until you get some speed on the plane, once you've got some speed level your elevator (i.e. put it to neutral), the tail of the plane should start to raise off the ground. Once that starts, you can start to feed in some, but not much, up elevator and the plane should begin to lift off the ground. TOO MUCH ELEVATOR AND YOU WILL STILL TIPSTALL.

LANDING, your P-51 will land somewhat like your Extra and Sukhoi, however, again it will probably tip stall much quicker, so when bringing it in just keep it level and let the plane decend naturally, once you're a couple of feet off the ground you can start to feed in some elevator, again NOT MUCH, and the nose should come up a tad and the plane should settle in. If you have NO problem landing the Sukhoi or the Extra you'll probably be in good shape. How ever, if most of your landings on either of those planes involve a LOT of porpusing and you're just darn glad you got the plane down, you may want someone to land it for you on the maiden. I don't know you're flying skills so its hard to provide more info'. The plane is small and you don't really need flaps, but it could come in somewhat "Hotter" and you may have to land it "Hotter" than your other two planes.

I may be preaching to the choir, but several low speed passes above the paved runway will NEVER hurt you in getting the feel for your plane before you make that final landing attempt.

TMHO.......that's my humble opinion.

Good luck!

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