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Re: Gloster Javelin
« Reply #60 on: May 02, 2021, 02:18:21 am »
Nah, that's normal! The tail was so big the weight kept flipping the planes over shortly after take-off & it was easier to fly them inverted than struggle to keep them upright. :angel:
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Re: Gloster Javelin
« Reply #61 on: May 02, 2021, 06:02:09 am »
Nah, that's normal! The tail was so big the weight kept flipping the planes over shortly after take-off & it was easier to fly them inverted than struggle to keep them upright. :angel:

Really?  I understood that Javelins were forbidden to undertake aerobatics such as inverted flight...   :banghead:
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Re: Gloster Javelin
« Reply #62 on: May 02, 2021, 06:37:39 am »
Weren't some Javelins banned from sustained inverted flight?

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Re: Gloster Javelin
« Reply #63 on: May 02, 2021, 06:43:44 am »
all I can hear id the pilot saying to the home office chappie in the back ( whos being very unhelpful)  " there you go  you can see your house from here ! "  ;D
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Re: Gloster Javelin
« Reply #64 on: May 06, 2021, 02:11:40 am »
Javelins were barred from certain aerobatic moves such as looping. Something about the controls meant that the aircraft would resist the pilot pulling on the stick when he needed to carry on down to finish the loop.
They were also notoriously difficult to get out of a stall. The only working escape method was to force the bird into a spin and use it to get the nose pointing down to increase airflow and speed. Even then the risks were high and several pilots died that way.

I really think that Gloster were way out of their depth with the Javelin and had limited understanding of the aerodynamics. IIRC at one point they were ahead with building the later models while still producing the earlier marks.

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Re: Gloster Javelin
« Reply #65 on: May 06, 2021, 03:02:42 am »

They were also notoriously difficult to get out of a stall. The only working escape method was to force the bird into a spin and use it to get the nose pointing down to increase airflow and speed. Even then the risks were high and several pilots died that way.


Early indications of what became known as the 'Deep Stall' experienced by a number of T-tailed airliners. A Deep Stall with a BAC 1-11 prototype killed Mile Lithgow amongst others. :(
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Re: Gloster Javelin
« Reply #66 on: May 06, 2021, 06:56:57 am »
Trying to improve the Javelin with the benefit of hindsight is quite an interesting exercise, although whether the end result would be worth the cost and effort is another matter, of course.

Javelins were barred from certain aerobatic moves such as looping. Something about the controls meant that the aircraft would resist the pilot pulling on the stick when he needed to carry on down to finish the loop.
They were also notoriously difficult to get out of a stall. The only working escape method was to force the bird into a spin and use it to get the nose pointing down to increase airflow and speed. Even then the risks were high and several pilots died that way.

I really think that Gloster were way out of their depth with the Javelin and had limited understanding of the aerodynamics. IIRC at one point they were ahead with building the later models while still producing the earlier marks.

If you stalled on approach to finals you were dead, so they installed a warning hooter that sounded if you were going too slowly with the gear down. Back-seaters discovered that they could replicate the sound of the hooter with a harmonica, so they used to carry one and use it to scare rookie pilots who they thought were making excessively careful approaches. ;D

Another trick the back-seaters learned was that, although they had no flying controls in the back, they could get access to the control rods by unscrewing a panel on the side console. They then used this to liven up otherwise dull patrols by giving the rudder or ailerons a playful tug if the pilot seemed to be nodding off or wasn't doing enough to keep them entertained... :wacko:
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Re: Gloster Javelin
« Reply #67 on: May 06, 2021, 04:23:29 pm »
I really think some people are taking me far too seriously. ;D ;D
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Re: Gloster Javelin
« Reply #68 on: May 07, 2021, 12:16:18 am »

I really think some people are taking me far too seriously. ;D ;D


Javelins are a bit like Marmite, there are only two opinions of them. You either ADORE the amazing devices, or you DETEST them and the air space they occupy.  ;D
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