Figured it’s time to dust off my Bf109 flying gloves and see if I can still wrangle this tailwheeled monster.
Taxiing this wobbly-kneed racer keeps you on your toes (pun intended). To re-build my feet muscle memory, I take a lap around the Evreux taxiways with the tailwheel unlocked. My calves remind me they’re not used to this abuse before I even make it halfway around.
Gulp. Is it left rudder, right stick? or right rudder, left stick? Guess we’ll find out!
Almost ran off the runway, due to being misaligned at the start of my roll, but luckily I was able to gently push the nose back towards centerline without dragging a wing.
I make a quick circuit around the drab little field and set up my landing.
Final is picture perfect, with maybe a little too much speed. Feels good!
I set down a gentle three-pointer and manage to keep the aircraft level and upright as I bring it to a complete stop.
Once stopped, I turn the 109 around and take off into a closed pattern again. This time I’m going to try my wheel landing.
Touchdown is good, maybe a little misaligned with the runway and I have to dance on the pedals to keep the nose aligned.
I stick the touchdown and the 109 rides the mains down the runway. I hold the stick back to keep the tail off the runway. I need to add more and more aft stick as the airspeed bleeds away, and I finally let the tail drop.
Now, at a much slower speed, I lay on the brakes and bring the 109 to a crawl, taxi back to parking, and call it a day.