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Pilot`s Notes Hurricane Pilot`s Notes


Air Publication 1564 B

British Air Ministry, September 1943


35. Undercarriage emergency operation.-

(i) In the event of failure of the engine-driven hydraulic pump, the undercarriage may be lowered by moving the selector lever to the WHEELS DOWN position and then operating the handpump.

(ii) If the handpump fails to lower the undercarriage the selector lever should still be left in the WHEELS DOWN position and the red-painted foot pedal (21), outboard of the port heelrest, should be firmly pushed forward. The wheels should then fall and lock down under their own weight.

(iii) If difficulty is experienced in operating the undercarriage und flap selector lever it may be overcome by first selecting the opposite to that which is required. If, for example, the selection of undercarriage down is found to be difficult, the lever should first be moved into the undercarriage up position and then immediately moved to the down position.

36. Hood jettisoning.- To jettison the hood the lever aft of the radiator flap control should be pulled sharply forward and upwards. If the hood does not readily leave the aircraft it should be assisted by pushing it upwards, or falling that, by releasing the emergency exit panel (see below) in addition to operating the jettison control.

Note: When jettisoning the hood it is advisable to lower one's head as far as possible so as to avoid injury when it leaves the aircraft.

37. Emergency exit panel. - The large detachable panel on the starboard side of the cockpit is secured by horizontal spring-loaded plungers and a bolt operated by the cockpit hood. To Jettison the panel, the hood must first be fully opened and the release lever (66) then moved aft and upwards.

38. Abandoning by parachute.- When abandoning the alrcaft by parachute. It is important to decrease speed and then dive oVer the side immediately. The pilot must not stand on the seat and delay in jumping or he will hit either the aerial mast or the tailplane.

39. Forced landing.- In the event of having to make a forced landing the glide may be lengthened considerably by moving the propeller speed control fully back and gliding at about 130 mph IAS. With undercarriage and flaps up the gliding angle at speeds of 120-140 mph IAS is very flat.

40. Ditching (See A.P.2095, Pilot's Notes General)

(i) In general, the pilot should if possible abandon the aircraft by parachute.

(ii) In tue event of having to ditch, auxiliary drop tanks, bomb a, or containers (if fitted) should be jettisoned and the following procedure should be observed:

(a) The cockpit hood should be jettisoned.

(b) Flaps should be lowered fully in order to reduce landing speed as much as possible.

(c) The undercarriage should be retracted.

(d) Sufety harness should be kept on, with straps tight, and the R/T plug disconnected.

(e) The engine, if available should be used to help make the touch-down in a tall-down attitude at as low a speed as possible.

(f) When about to touch the water a normal banked turn, with full rudder, should be made so as to prevent "hooking" the radiator into the water.

41. First-aid outfit. - The first-aid outfit is attached to the inside of a detachable panel on the port side of the cookpit and is accessible by kicking in the panel, breaking the stringers, and tearing the fabric.

42. Crowbar. - A. crowbar, for use in an emergency, is stowed in clips to the right of the seat.