DR 1 of STEEL & A Daredevil's Fall
Posted 05 December 2009 - 01:48
Curious, I decided to undertake a feat I would normally never attempt in any other plane… I decided to take the Dr.1 up to high altitude, nose dive straight for the ground, and see if I can pull it out in one piece!
So here I am at 4k, ready for my dive!
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As you can see, it's a long way down. But there's no turning back now. I'm going straight down and I'm pulling up before I hit that town!
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Here you can see my angle of attack. A nice 90 degree angle, a broken engine, wet trousers, and a look of pure fear on my face.
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The town is approaching fast. Will he make it? And did he remember to write his mother?
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Huray! I slowly pull out of the dive at about half a kilometer. Here I am, safe and sound, gliding over the town with a broken engine and a wet pair of trousers, but the plane came out in one piece. If only I had a place to land…
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Jokes aside, I've done this trial numerous times. The only thing I tend to break are of (obviously) my engine, and sometimes my controls: aelerons and elevator. If I take a less severe angle of attack, say 80-70 degrees, I can sometimes pick up enough speed to tear off a wing or three, although I have gone far in the red (300-320kph) without completely tearing the plane to shreds.
Obviously if I yank right up on the stick, the wings will pop off like confetti, but the plane can survive a high speed dive with little problem. I'm not sure if it's a drag, weight, or wing strength issue, but it doesn't seem quite right.
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