The Pacific: General Aviation & Questions The place for students, instructors and charter guys in Oz, NZ and the rest of Oceania.

Test flying the Winjeel in 1951

Old 4th Jan 2021, 13:36
  #21 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Australia
Posts: 4,101
not having flown the Winjeel I can't vouch for it but again was of the understanding that they could drop a wing fairly well during the stall
The Winjeel was a lady in a standard wings level straight stall from level flight. Not like the Wirraway which could drop a wing quite viciously. But most aircraft will eventually have one wing drop at the stall if pulled into a steep turn at low airspeed. Especially if the turn is not balanced. The Winjeel was no exception.
Centaurus is offline  
Old 13th Jan 2021, 08:20
  #22 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Singapore
Posts: 4
Thank you, thank you, thank you Centaurus for your confirmation of the Uranquinty incident.
As a student at FTS in the early seventies one of the instructors mentioned this story and I assumed it was at Point Cook. Nevertheless, years later I used to repeat the story to my students and others as an example of what stress can do to a person. Unfortunately some were quite sceptical so I am relieved that what I told them was more or less correct.
I retired recently so now I can rest easy!
A remarkable story and very well written.
Thanks again.
W_Wright is offline  
Old 13th Jan 2021, 14:19
  #23 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Australia
Posts: 4,101
Unfortunately some were quite sceptical so I am relieved that what I told them was more or less correct
I know what you mean W_Wright. Having relied on my own memory when I wrote the Uranquinty Winjeel story, I got the guilts and wondered if I had unknowingly perhaps embellished it. It is so easily done. I then rang a former Uranquinty student Nick Watling who I thought was on the same pilots course as Trainee pilot Colbey. Nick confirmed that his recollection was broadly identical to mine except at the time Nick was then at Point Cook on another course. Word had swiftly got around of Colbeys amazing experience and thus Nick heard of it second hand but substantially the same as my recollection.

I applied on 21 December 2020 to the National Archives to obtain the official RAAF Court of Inquiry or DFS Investigation of the incident and was advised I should receive it within 30 days. It will be interesting to compare their Findings against one's memory. Watch this space...
Centaurus is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.