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Spins are always a hot training topic, and something every pilot should be well versed in...
Their heavy empennage makes a flat spin a real possibility. It caused Aeroflot Flight 7425 to flat-spin into the ground in 1985.
It will tell you which way you're turning. Add rudder toward the high wing.
Depending on where the instrument is installed, it can swing either way.
Losing the pilot changed the CG and the aircraft recovered. A Montana sheriff found the F-106 idling in a cornfield - with little damage. It was repaired and returned to service, flying until 1988. It's now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
He spun his Avro Type G biplane while in the pattern, entering the spin at 700 feet and recovering at 50 feet. He used full opposite rudder to break the spin.
As you can imagine, spin recovery wasn't always guaranteed...
Most of the planes didn't have flight instruments, and pilots could enter a deadly graveyard spiral in the clouds. Since the clouds usually ended before the ground started, it gave the pilots a better chance of recovery. This isn't a good idea anymore...
What do you think - should all pilots take spin training? Check out these spin accidents and decide for yourself...
Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.