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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: Fly landing


Thread: Fly landing

Message: Re: Fly landing

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From: Dan Pichelman <dlp at>

Date: Wed, 04 Jun 1997 03:50:54 UTC


  I had the pleasure of sharing some spin training with a couple of horse
flies in my friend's Decathlon.  I noticed that they tended to fall off
the windshield (& into my face) at around 4 Gs or so (we were doing a
couple of loops).

Any easy way to remove flies from an airplane (while on the ground) is
to use a vacuum cleaner!  It's not nearly as messy as a flyswatter, &
easier to wield.

Dan <-- still building a fly-free Skybolt

aragon wrote:
> I had an interesting experience with a fly in the cockpit once.  I
> was with a student in a Pitts S2A.  As we pulled out of a loop, my student
> called over the radio that he'd just been struck in the face by a screw.
> When we got back on the ground and tore the airplane apart looking for
> the screw, all we could find was a dead fly.  We concluded that the fly
> must have struck him in the face under high G acceleration, causing it
> to feel like something much heavier!
> It says something about all our senses being tuned for a 1-G environment...
> Cecilia Aragon
> aragon at

  Dan Pichelman          ____       _  
  Skybolt builder     | __\_\_o____/_| 
  dlp at   |  o'  


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