Posted: 12/2/2009 16:43:29
Borrowed from EAA's Canadian e-newletter Bits and Pieces. Pilot Rob Erdos flies the Russell Aviation Group's "Emil." This is good stuff folks!
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Posted: 12/2/2009 19:36:11
Great article! It was a great disappointment when this airplane was damaged last year and couldn't make it to Oshkosh. Hopefully one day!
Posted: 12/25/2009 06:47:31
Amazing that most of these pilots, both allied and axis, had so little time in any of these types of aircraft and could perform so well under actual combat conditions
Posted: 12/31/2009 23:56:56
Modified: 12/31/2009 23:58:50
In watching that Me 109 fly, I was impressed by how light it seemed. It takes off pretty quickly after a fairly short run and if brought in slowly it lands pretty short too.
I have been told that this German type 109 handles much better than the Ha 109, particularly on landing.
The pilot writes that the ailerons and the roll are "no worse than the Spitfire". He doesn't say if he is comparing the roll rate to a modern jet or whatever. I don't believe a Harvard or a P-51 or a P-38 has a faster roll rate than a Spitfire, but a P-40 might.
It is a pleasure to see this rare airplane fly. Seeing it static in a museum is not the full effect.