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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] landing a pitts


Thread: [Acro] landing a pitts

Message: [Acro] landing a pitts

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From: Randy Reed <reedrandy at>

Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 15:31:47 UTC


  Gentleman and ladies, I do not agree with Virginia
that some of the stories are beer indused.  I do not
think true aerobatic pilots would partake to the point
where they embelish landing problems.  I think the
problem here is "G-Loss of reality".  While I have
never landed a Pitts, I do have a Christen Eagle. 
Last week, while flying my sportsman secquence over a
lake, I broke two flying wires pulling out of my
hammerhead.  Just before the wing could fold, I
quickly and expertly rolled the Eagle inverted and
used the landing wires for flying wires.  I very
colmley radioed some friends on the ground and they
started building a soft cushion on a shallow boat
ramp.  While waiting on the ramp and not wanting to
waste fuel, I finished the Cuban eight, 180 deg turn,
but cheated on the 2 point roll.  When the ramp was
finished, I landed the Eagle inverted on the water
using the top wing as a ski and skied the Eagle toward
the boat ramp. While enroute to the ramp I had the
feeling my pulse was higher than normal, so I reached
over with my throttle hand and checked. My pulse was
68 which is high for me.  When I got to the boat ramp,
I carefully slid the Eagle up on the ramp then set the
tail on the cushions with out a scratch.  The flying
wires have been replaced and the Eagle is ready for my
first contest at the first of June. 

randy reed
Eagle 53BH

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