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RFC spin recovery training

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Topic: RFC spin recovery training
Posted By: Roland G Adams
Subject: RFC spin recovery training
Date Posted: 22 Jun 2009 at 14:48
Half the loss of RFC pilots were in training accidents and no doubt a high proprtion from accidental spin near the ground.  Do any C & C members know about the develpoment of spin recovery techniques and when were they adpted in the training syllabus?
In The Royal Flying Corps in World War One Ralph Barker mentions the lack of understanding of spin in the period up to 1916 but does not describe how and when the flying training programmes adopted spin recovery techniques.
Today the mnemoinic PACE is often used:
Power idle
Ailerons neutral
Rudder opposite to spin
Elevator - push forward through neutral till the rotation stops - recover from the dive.
Any thoughts please?
Roland G. Adams

Posted By: NickForder
Date Posted: 22 Jun 2009 at 17:42
I would assume that spin recovery formed part of the Gosport syllabus. Whether it was taught on the squadrons (such as 60) prior to setting up Gosport I can't say without further research.
Of course, there was 'Parke's Dive' in the Avro G, which is the first known example of spin recovery, and that was reported, and discussed, in 'Flight' at the time.
There are issues about deciding what various manoevres actually were, with the airmen of 1914 (Hucks, Hamel, Manton etc) indulging in 'whip top twizzles' and the like.

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