Acf492 notes on flying Santa's Sleigh
Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:36 am
So I tried Santa's Sleigh, and I found some surprising flight characteristics. If anyone is going to have a go at flying the Sleigh (I'm using the one in the Taskforce 58 pack) here are a few pointers:
- Using 20% thrust is about all you need to get off the ground.
- The takeoff speed of the sleigh is as low as 65-70kts.
- Don't go below 60kts or you'll get into a permanent stall, floating in the sky
- Under 100% normal "military" power, the sleigh will reach mach 1.0 and then drop to 0kts, if you're lucky you will get back to speed before crashing. (reason unknown).
- If you activate the afterburner, this process of accellerating to mach 1.0 and halting results in the sleigh exploding. My advice: don't use A/B.
- There is no spoiler, the flaps don't cause drag either. Descending from 1000ft for landing can add 100knots to your speed if you aren't careful.
- There is no reverse thrust. Trying to land on a "rooftop" would therefore prove tricky.
- Flying the circuit at 500ft, 80kts, should be slow enough to land without gaining too much speed on descent to the runway.