View Full Version : Water skiiing with a Spitfire

06-15-2005, 09:27 PM
I am curious to know if anyone else has managed this crazy stunt i accidentally completed yesterday.
I was having fun in a Spitfire MkV against a 109 in QMB, managed to down the 109 and started a*rsing about marvelling at the landscape. I screamed over the water of a river at 300kph+ and had fun getting closer and closer until my prop actually hit the water (visions of 'Piece of Cake' came to mind). My prop neatly folded over the cowling and i managed to hop back into the air, lowered the undercarriage, dropped flaps and landed on a field, narrowly missing a tree in the process.
What i noticed was my airspeed stayed quite high (until i dropped my gear etc)- would the prop folding up like that have dropped my drag significantly?
If so, what a FM http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

06-16-2005, 04:29 AM
<cough> Energy Bleed...


But seriously, depending on your initial airspeed after your engine quit you lose your thrust so it's downhill from then on. The effect of prop drag would be limited vs the loss of thrust.

Your slight climb should have bled a little speed and then drag would just act against your airframe. Lowering the gear would add to it but not so much at lower speeds, flaps make all the difference especially in the Spit as they are landing flaps only.

Try it in a 190, get your airspeed over 500kph and just kill the engine and glide.