In aviation, a spin is an aggravated stall resulting in rotation about the center of gravity, wherein the aircraft follows a downward corkscrew path. Spins can be entered unintentionally or intentionally, from any flight attitude and from practically any airspeed. All that is required is sufficient yaw rate while an aircraft is stalled. An incipient spin is typically driven by inputs made and held by the pilot, whereas a fully developed spin is a self-sustaining maneuver. In either case, a specific and often counter-intuitive set of actions may be needed to effect recovery. If the aircraft exceeds published limitations regarding spins, is loaded improperly, or if the pilot uses incorrect technique to recover, the spin can lead to a fatal crash. (Source)So far this week has been "interesting" to say the least. I'm not getting a whole lot of sleep, not sure why, maybe I've been too excited about The Missus Herself returning home from California, maybe it's the high humidity we've been experiencing, maybe I'm just sick of being on my own for an entire month.
Then again, I have surgery scheduled for a week from today and that is always a morale booster. (Not!) But in essence, that opening cartoon describes my week pretty well, I'm in a bit of a spin. As long as I don't do anything grossly stupid, I'll pull out of it just fine.
So just a short post, more tomorrow (I hope) but for now you should go to the source link for those cartoons. Some interesting F-104 stuff. Well, interesting to me anyway. As I write this I am still a few hours away from picking up mama from the aeroporto, as you read this, well, she's already home.
Until tomorrow then...
|At the Smithsonian - YF-104A, AF serial no. 55-2961, NASA aircraft number 818 was flown by NASA for 1,439 flights|
between 27 August 1956 and 26 August 1975. (Source)
* There's that word again, "normal."