I’ve learned something interesting as of last night when it comes to flying the S.E.5a (arguably my most flown Flying Circus aircraft) and I wanted to share it with everyone in-case you’re having difficulty with this as well – I am talking about flat-spins.
Spinning ’round and ’round…
Although most of the time, the S.E.5a is relatively well behaved compared to many of its contemporaries (I’m looking at you Sopwith Camel), I have learned that it too can get into a very nasty flat spin that requires a very specific procedure to get out of it.
This quick guide comes to us via G. DeFreest Larner on YouTube who posted a reaction video to Wolfpack345’s recent Flying Circus live stream where at one point he spun his S.E.5a into the ground. I also flew my S.E.5a into the ground in a similar fashion while flying with Wolfpack and several others the other night after a short but tense dogfight with a Fokker D.VIII.
Enough commentary, straight to the video!
This is how I’ve learned how to get out of a spin in the S.E.5a:
- Pull the power back to idle
- Roll/ailerons into the direction of the spin
- Elevator full back
- Rudder counter to the spin
Your S.E.5a should pop out of the spin within a rotation or two once all of these are applied at the same time.
Next time around I’ll cover the Camel which I have yet to master it’s spin recovery technique…