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09/30/2016

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Quartermaster

I think it was you that linked a clip showing a Cirrus crashing when it didn't wait long enough after a Helo launched. I was on a puddle jumper from Atlanta to Knoxville after visiting San Dog and Lex back in '11, and we ran through wake turbulence at altitude.

That was a hard hit as we crossed the wake than following it. Several of the passengers were visibly scared. I assured one that we were still flying and were OK. :-)

For a light aircraft, it might have meant death, and trying to follow big iron at launch or landing can cause grave problems. The heavier the wing loading, the worse the wake.

SCOTTtheBADGER

In the ETO, P-47s used to down Feisler Storches, by diving down, roaring past them, and allowing the turbulence to deal with the Storch.

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