Originally Posted by pdswife1
We went to an airshow while in Az. It was at the Marine base. We
were lucky enough to see some pretty amazing planes. ( not to mention some pretty cute Marines! lol) I wish I could remember the name of them all. I know one was one that is used to fuel AIR FORCE ONE while in flight! That was neat. And one flew forward and then stopped and hovered in midair and then went backwards! It was Amazing. :D
Who's names are you trying to remember the Marines' oe the aeroplanes'?
The Harrier jump jets are amazing & when the US went over to England to see them before they bought them they baffled the poms with 'crazy' questions then amazed them with their antics in the sky. Their only draw back is they used 30% of their fuel load to take off vertically. A short roll A conventional takeoff alleviates this.
When the wind is right we can fly our plane backwards as well, but I don't take DW aloft to do it. We need about 40knots wind aloft which equates to about 20 on ground so it is pretty rough. Our stall speed is 35knots, so pointing into wind we can fly backwards. As my experience grows, I should be able to reduce the stall speed aloft to about 30knots but really good rudder control is required. Generally Tiger Moth pilots revel in this type of flying because their stall speed is a lot lower.