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« on: May 08, 2011, 09:02:54 pm »

When I started this forum , I was sort of "flying by the seat of my pants",...
hopefully we will get it more organized, so it runs better, almost everything I do starts that way, as a experiment...flying by the seat of my pants,..
 This includes, way back,...when I really did learn how to fly a airplane!....
 I had been helping a freind restore a old piper cub, it was very old, antique, it had the cloth skin,   apparently based on what he said, it was one of the earliest models used by the army, for training,...I don't remember if he said wrld war1 or 2,...but anyway, once it was ready to test fly, he asked me to go with him,.. he sat up front and me in the back,...there were no doors on it yet,.. so anyway we took off , he did some manuevers, and the asked me to take the "stick", and start flying,  so that he could pay attention to the movements of the airloines,dlaps, cables etc.....He explained some to me about maintaining the engine RPMs (speed), or trying to, working the rudder,. in a short whle I was doing figure 8 s, and able to maintain about the same speed, ....then he showed me to slow down, until we stalled, ...
(the plane starts falling),....after about an hour we went down and landed...
he cheked some stuff out, mechanicly, and then told me to get in the front seat,...I was a little "scared" to say the least, but both the front and back seat have the same controls, just in the back there were no guages, to read,...in the back seat I had to look over his shoulder, to see the guages,...now I was in front, he had me zig zag down the run way, useng  the brakes, because the rudder dose not do much at slow speeds, then we turned around, and he told me to "open it up", get going as fast as I could,
once we were up to speed, he told me to start going up,pull back the stick, gradually until the plane started lifting off the ground, as it starts to climb, the motor starts to work harder, one can hear that, and see it on the rpms,..well I was flying...once up high enough, more figure 8s, the he told me to go down, close,to ground level and maintain my speed, but just maybe 4 or 5 feet above the ground, or in our case it was actually a wide river, the we did the same but over the runway, I pretty much had the feel of things by now, so  on my next approach he told me, this time, start reduceing the engine speed til it (the plane,not the motor) stalls,..try to get close, 2 or 3 feet above the ground before yu stall.... and I made my first landing,a little bouncey, but ok....when we stopped I started to get out, he said no, stay there, he got out, then told me to go by my self.....but not to go to far away, as there was not that much fuel left,....so thats how I learned to fly by the seat of my pants...
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