_Warchylde_, on 09 February 2017 - 05:25 AM, said:
My great uncle Russ once told my dad that he won a 5 pound bet with an RAF instructor, that he could turn inside a Spitfire. As the story goes, he used assymetrical thrust and a bit of prop feathering to actually turn inside a Spitfire.
Admittedly, the story is apocryphal, but my great uncle Russ was not a braggart or a glory hound, so I have to take him at his word.
Not sure I would want to throttle back one engine and feather the prop in a battle situation, but it's a cool story anyway.
The Spitfires lower wing loading means it should have far better sustained turn performance at lower altitudes. At higher altitudes the advantage would swing in the Lightnings favor. In the correct sense feathering a propeller is adjusting the pitch of the blades to the lowest possible drag position where no thrust is produced. What I think you meant is adjusting the propeller pitch to a coarse setting to aid in the thrust asymmetry. Rolling into a "dead" engine with a feathered prop is not for the fainthearted and certainly not something to be doing in combat.
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