Flights & Fancy: The Last Laugh
- By William K. Kershner
- Air & Space magazine, January 2001
(Page 2 of 2)
The third time would surely be the charm. I slowed up to—and below—stall speed. Simultaneously I realized that when I started the passes the Air Force pilots had gradually slowed their bomber. Later I heard that a lightly loaded B-36 could fly perfectly well on just its piston engines at an indicated airspeed of only 100 mph.
I can tell you without fear of contradiction that the spin recovery procedure for a Banshee works precisely as detailed in Navy document CO-01245FBC-1A.
I never saw the B-36 again, since making up the 15,000 feet I lost would have required more time and fuel than I had available.
Somewhere in this great nation, many years after the fact, I’ll bet there are two B-36 pilots still laughing themselves silly.
—William K. Kershner