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Old 07-26-2005, 08:30 PM   #1
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what does a strafing run look like?

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I will be competing in my first scale event at the NATS. I'm trying to figure out how to do a proper straffing run. I read the rule book but there is no picture of what this maneuver looks like. Can someone help the new guy out please.

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Old 07-26-2005, 09:57 PM   #2
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If you were at the '99 Nats ..... You would have seen a really nice F-82 (Twin Mustang) do one so low that Chuck Smith was kissing Asphalt!!

The explanation is pretty good in the rule book but as you say a pic would be nice.

Here is all I could find on the net...... http://www.gotfootage.com/gf/store/n...ip/id/A282-217

As it states in the rules pick a spot on the runway and aim at it ...... In my case it was Chuck!!

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Old 07-27-2005, 08:13 AM   #3
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When best performed, this is a hair raising maneuver. The idea is to keep the guns trained on target as long as possible, pulling out at the last possible moment.

For added points of realism, it's best to research this (and all maneuvers). Rulebook descriptions are generalisations, actual performance is dictated by both aircraft performance, and military practice of the period. I can't speak to the Jet era II'll leave that to your research) but, during WW1, it was standard practice to perform a series of skidding turns (basically sideslips) after pulling up from the straffing run as it was thought that this unusual flight mode made it more difficult to be hit by making it hard to lead the aircraft with a rifle.

Of course, you would want to take the opportunity just before your flight to describe the erratic portion of your flight following the straffing run, as many judges are more familiar with (and looking for) smooth straight flight. This is good general advice, as you should always take the opportunity to describe how your performance will depict the true flight characteristics and style of your particular aircraft. Always bear in mind, you are there to perform for the judges. The more you convince them that this is an actual re-creation, the higher they will score you.
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