Date: 04 Jan 97 03:55:47 From: email@example.com (Simon Craig) Organization: OzEmail Ltd - Australia References: 1 2
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>Only one hitch here- without fuel, the crew would have been reduced to >basic 3-axis control (that's all the ram air turbine can do). The flaps >and slats could not be deployed. As for being level, that's not so easy >either- I recalled reading in Freefall (the book about the Gimli Glider) >that the controls are much harder to use when powered by the RAT than >under full power. Furthermore, some reports say that the pilots were >trying to fight off the hijackers as they were ditching the plane. Still >think they could have done a better job?? There is in fact (at least on QF planes anyway) hydraulic flap movement - but at a much reduced rate) with the RAT, but from the video it is obvious no t/e flap was used, I can't see the front of the wing clearly enough to say anything about the leading edges. As for how the pilot rates, I think he did a stirling job in very difficult circumstances. Remember that saying, "any landing you can walk away from is a good landing." Regards, -- Simon Craig --- If it's not Boeing, then I'm not going!