The airplane entered a "half Cuban eight
" maneuver at an estimated 250 to 260 MPH and "in the middle of the Cuban eight
it went into a spin.
The 'Super Eights' time trials provided some high drama as the fastest pilots hurtled through the air just metres from the surface of the Arabian Gulf, flicking their aircraft around sixteen 20m-high inflatable obstacles before executing a breathtaking manoeuvre known as a Half Cuban Eight
and tackling the course for a second lap.
After we climbed to altitude, with maximum torque of 1,015-foot pounds set, every over-the-top-aerobatic maneuver (loop, one-half Cuban eight
, and Immelmann) would get slow at the top with rudder shakers.
Mr Girdler, aged 63, from Kent, was carrying out the second half of an aerobatic exercise known as the Cuban Eight
, said the report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.