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Spin Training II – the Cessna T-37

In part one of this two-part series on spin training in the Cessna T-37 I covered some of the spin characteristics of the T-37 and the six-step procedure that we used to recover from an established spin. USAF Cessna T-37 jet trainer.I didn’t address the aerodynamics of spins, since there are several other sites which cover that subject in detail as well as entire flight courses dedicated to spins. Wikipedia covers spins here , and Rich Stowell’s Stall/Spin Awareness Training is described here. My Google search also found an online aviation book by John Decker that has a very good description of stalls and spins.

I left off Part I with a comment about an ‘unusual attitude’ I experienced during one of my spin training sessions.

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Spin Training I – the Cessna T-37

A recent AOPA ePilot newsletter included a segment about an incident where a female flight instructor and her student were killed accomplishing spin training. Preliminary indications are that the larger male student may have frozen at the controls during a spin recovery. Additionally,  the August 2009 Instructor Report (AOPA member sign-in required) from Flight Training Magazine discusses the psychology of spin training. Both of these articles took me back to my T-37 instructor days and our spin training sessions.

My second assignment as a USAF pilot (back in the mid 1970s) was as a T-37 instructor at Webb AFB, TX.  At that time all students attending USAF  Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) started with an orientation in the Cessna T-41 (Cessna 172 variant), then progressed to the T-37, side-by-side jet trainer and finished up with the tandem-seat, supersonic Northrop T-38. The T-37 was a fun plane to fly. It wasn’t a super-fast airplane, but in my opinion that made it much more fun to fly. Aerobatics took fewer g’s and less altitude to complete than the T-38. Then there were the spins. The training syllabus in the T-37 included spin entry and recovery while the T-38 training only included various types of stalls.

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