by Charles Gulick
We Aim to
|North Position: 17069||Rudder: 32767|
|East Position: 20984||Ailerons: 32767|
|Altitude: 1200||Flaps: 0|
|Pitch: 0||Elevators: 32767 (IBM only)|
|Bank: 0||Elevators: 36863 (all except IBM)|
|Heading: 212||Time: 12:00|
|Airspeed: 122||Season: 2-Spring|
|Throttle: 19455||Wind: 0 Kts, 0|
|Hands off controls!
Unless some unexpected breeze kicks in, or you're carrying a case of liquid refreshments in the cockpit which fouls up your weight and balance, the parameters above will do the job. And you'll see New York's World Trade Center towers like no one else has ever seen them before or since.
|Take this ride a few times,
looking out both sides.
|And don't forget the
out-the-rear view after the pass. Also look at the angle close-up on
So now you know it can be done.
|So now do it yourself. Just
crank in a little right or left aileron at the outset, and it's a whole
new ball game.
The towers are not figments of the imagination. If you hit one, trust me, you'll know it. Sometimes they seem awesomely close, and you still make it. And sometimes....
Radar doesn't give you an accurate picture of near misses because the radar depiction of your aircraft is not to scale, except in an extreme closeup (such as when you're taking a realistic view of a runway). So, even though it looks like a wing will contact one of those massive walls, you'll still be home free. But too close you can come. Your out-the-windshield view is your best guide.
If you absolutely cannot stand crashing, consider that P can stand for Panic as well as Pause.
Too, there's always a steep bank available, which just might save that beautiful airplane. And, beautiful or not, the only neck you have.