Pull Up To Go Down

EAA Biplane Spinning Earthward

It is often said on TV programs that to make an airplane go up, pull back on the control stick and to go down, push forward. That only works in a very narrow range of flight attitudes. Keep pulling back and the airplane slows to a point that the wings suddenly quit producing lift and down you go, very rapidly. Add full left rudder as seen in this photo, and you spin round and round while falling out of the sky.

The only way to get out of this spin is to pop the stick forward (NOT pull up) and apply opposite rudder. This gets the wings flying again so you can round out to level if you have lots of soft air between the airplane and the ground. An ordinary production light aircraft may lose 500 feet of altitude with each complete rotation. This biplane, however, rotated so fast that it lost less than half that per turn but after a five-turn spin, it took a full turn and a half to stop spinning and recover.

With plenty of altitude and the right kind of aircraft, such as this biplane, spins are great fun, but it is strange seeing the world whirling round and round directly in front of you and structures on the ground growing larger by the second.

#biplane #spin #aerobatics

Published by eskildoodle1

Retired physician with interests in writing, photography, music, and astronomy. I have written multiple stories of life experiences, travel, and astronomy, and have been playing the ukulele for 10 years. My wife Fairy and I travel frequently to the Pacific Islands of Hawaii, and French Polynesia, and I have learned several of their native-language songs. This blog will be a forum to share experiences with family and friends.

2 thoughts on “Pull Up To Go Down

    1. We had the biplane in Lincoln, and Jim Testerman flew alongside and took some photos. I slowed to a stall, put in the rudder and he got this shot just as the nose and wing fell through the horizon. Wish we could have gotten some video.


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