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Old 12-16-2016, 03:11 PM   #1
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Default Spitfire first take-off; first "landing" observations

Okay, so shall we share our initial thoughts, experiences and tips?

First takeoff: it just shot into the air while I was still settling in to my seat. My stick was back and it nearly stalled. So, really short take-off roll!

Landing: came in gently; thought I had a nice rate of descent. Nope, bounced up a long way. Came down hard, broke one prop blade.

Otherwise, I walked away on the first go!
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LOL! Sounds about right...
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Old 12-16-2016, 03:18 PM   #3
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Yeah....it goes up pretty darn fast. Took me by surprise.
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Old 12-16-2016, 03:33 PM   #4
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I always feel like I'm landing on a rubber runway with the WWII birds. The bounces seem really exaggurated.
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Old 12-16-2016, 04:12 PM   #5
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I always feel like I'm landing on a rubber runway with the WWII birds. The bounces seem really exaggurated.
It can be done without bounce...your just not doing it with precision.
The best touch down is when you don't even feel it.
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Old 12-16-2016, 04:15 PM   #6
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A challenging plane to fly!
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Old 12-16-2016, 04:21 PM   #7
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First takeoff: it just shot into the air while I was still settling in to my seat. My stick was back and it nearly stalled. So, really short take-off roll!
Ah yes, that'll be the old "trim nose down for take-off" thing. I say why stop her from flying when that's what she wants to do
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Old 12-16-2016, 04:43 PM   #8
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Took off successfully had a wee fly and went to dogfight mission. I imagine I will be doing a lot of this for a while
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Old 12-16-2016, 04:48 PM   #9
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Wags note: Landing at 95 mph is waaaaay to fast. Touchdown should be between 60 and 70 mph.

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The bounces seem really exaggurated.
Nope. just get the right 3 points attitude. at 95mph or less

So ... first take off and landing (with half fuel) was done without any damage ( and without any bounce )

first feeling :

- very hard to taxi straight. have to practice.( tail wheel...)
- front wheel seems very closed from each other ...on landing.
- such a beauty... it's amazing
- did a few roll and loop. God, ...incredible feeling
- I though I know well the spit, but for sure ... I don't. It's a joy to discover.
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Old 12-16-2016, 04:59 PM   #10
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Around the pitch axis, the spit seems veeeery sensitive. Without calibrating the axis curve it is nearly uncontrollable for me with my hotas t.flight and so i nearly crashed during takeoff. I instantly got an angle of attack of about 60° or so And then the instructor has the nerves to say "keep the stick pulled and release it gently"
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