Remembers: the stories and wisdom of Ken Jensen
chapter 3: run-away flaps and other horrors
From: KEN-Krist. H. Jensen
Hi Good W.Friend Al !
Here reminded that once I was a pilot, and, regarding the 737 MAX jets with 'run-away stabilizer', I once escaped disaster in 1951 over the Arizona desert when a run-away elevator suddenly put my plane out of close- formation flying into a nose-dive straight down towards the cactus-filled desert - not too far below! This instantly demanded serious handling due the wild running trim system - down and up and down!
The F-80 "Shooting Star", the very first USAF jet fighter, was a killer plane, quite difficult to fly. It took 4-6 students' lives each month, due technical problems and training that was too stressed and tense due to the Korean War and the Soviet cold war.
As a jet fighter pilot 1951 - 1955, my luck let me survive.
Also reminded being a lucky
W.sailor, preparing W1348"Maitken"
for sailing under a new mainsail below.
From: James Heffernan
changed the angle of attack} so they would have a delay time of recognition as they fought the problem and eventually grabbed the trim wheel to stop the downward or upward pitch until someone could turn off the electric trim system. It was always an eye opening experience.
Cedar Key, Feb. 2019: And sometimes Linda steers as well!!