MaxFledglingFacts: Here's How to “Fly Upside Down”! {Inverted Flight}

MaxFledglingFacts: Here’s How to “Fly Upside Down”! {Inverted Flight}

[Note: This is not a Duplicate. It’s a Revision to my Closed, Archived 2016 Topic)

MaxSez; Inverted Flight, flying upside down, is ezy peezy! Inverted Flight is a show stopper at air shows, and fun. It’s a simple procedure, a real no brained, but a neat trick if your flying GA to advertise your Aeronautical Skills to the community.

A word of caution hot shots, don’t try it in a Trash Hauler, it only works in the movies and if you accomplish it in an airliner its considered an “Upset”. (Only IF Peanut or the great unwashed “ne’er-do-well”; a kid who is a show off and irresponsible would attempt an inverted liner stunt except on the kiddie server.) NEVER fly inverted in the vicinity of an Airdrome or Controlled Air Space, it’s considered aerobatics a, “7 day violation”!

HERE’s HOW: Inverted Flight is accomplished by ensuring the aircraft is at a safe altitude, clear of other traffic, setup in level stable flight conditions. Pull back smartly on the stick or yoke, the nose of the aircraft will pitched up to approximately 20 degrees nose-high, sequentially initiate a a left/ right aileron roll which will place you in an inverted attitude. During the roll to inverted flight, it is important not to pull violently back the controls. (ie. a loaded roll) to ensure the nose does not get buried below the horizon. A proper entry results in an inverted nose-high attitude of approximately 15 degrees as the stick is gently, yet firmly, pushed forward to establish negative 1-G inverted flight. Reverse the procedure to recover. (Control direction and altitude while inverted utilizing control reversel, Up is Down, right is left etc.) Good Luck! Regards All.


Isn’t inverted flight only to be done by planes made for it? You would need to pressure the fuel into the engines when flying upside down, and not all planes are supposed to do that. On some the engines will shut down, as the fuel is cut.

@emil… Gravity Flow Carborators are an anachronism, their found today on 2 strokers like a cheap lawn mower or model plane LO. The modern age introduced electric fuel pumps, fuel injection, turbochargers, utubines etc, etc. Don’t believe a Modern Aircraft other than an experimental which would get an airworthiness cert with a gravity flow fuel system, can you? (There’s always an exception to the rule, Google is your fri friend!)

(I flew as a pax in a 1927 Waco Biplane that I helped rebuild as a kid. That craft had a hand pressure pump associated with its Wright Whirlwind fuel systems. Fuel Starve is noticeable, just start pumping… Great engineering back in the day. Thanks to the pioneers)

Much more fun in an F-14…and an Immelman or two !!!

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