HOW TO DO A KULBIT ??
Well…let me be clear. I’m really not talking about X-box here…It’s not about H.A.W.X or Ace Combat nor any other flight simulator game, it’s real life stuff. I’m letting you guys know HOW TO DO A KULBIT incase you guys get into a vicious WVR combat in a fighter craft which in most cases won’t.
Kulbit or Forlov’s chakra is an aerobatic maneuver can be performed by any
supermaneuverable aircraft. It is also called Frolov chakra named after Russian test pilot Evgeny frolov. It is almost similar to the Pugachev’s cobra, in Cobra the aircraft pitched only upto 120 degree whereas in Kulbit it completes the loop.
In a close aerial combat this move can cause a pursuing aircraft to overshoot the target and thus becoming the target. It is a post-stall maneuver where the acceleration and decelaration rate is very high.
It greatly depends upon the airframe, pitch control, stabilizers and thrust-to-weight ratio.
So let’s do it…
STEP-1: Disengage AoA limiter and G-limiter. Check vertical stabilizer and TVC (if installed) and fly-by-wire system.
STEP-2: When the missile lock warning beeps, pull the stick back till speed drops down and you’re completely inverted.
STEP-3: When the loop is aboutto end(around 270 degree AoA) suddenly increase power and push the stick forward. This will put you in a nose-forward
position. And then it’ll be fox 2 for you.
For max effect Try doing this in a extremely tight loop, loop dia must not be greater than aircraft length.
-Practice necessary to sustain the high g-pressure during this maneuver. Otherwise G-LOC is
bound to happen.
-air flow over elevators and stabilizers must be maintained
-Do this at your own risk, this page won’t be responsible for any damage to aircraft or personal injury.
Video example-Su-47 Berkut performing a Kulbit-