I was doing the spin training for the CFI this afternoon (the room is still spinning btw) and during the recovery of the last spin of the day something odd happened. Here's the story:
We must have been in a very nose down attitude because we gained airspeed more quickly than we had on the others. The airspeed needle touched redline before reversing it's trend. As I was pulling out and the airspeed was on it's way down, the trusty 152 began yawing pretty hard to the left. I immediately corrected with right rudder. I didn't think anything else of it after completing the recovery.
On the way back to the airport however, I noticed that I was holding in a fair amount of right rudder to keep the ball centered. It was then that I remembered what had happened during the recovery from the last spin. I mentioned this to my instructor and he took a look behind us just to be sure the vertical stabilizer was still attached (it was). Anyway, neither of us were very alarmed by this because the airplane was flying just fine other than needing extra right rudder. Plus we were a few minutes away from touching down.
After shutting down, the first thing I did was go take a look at the tail. To my surprise I found the trim tab was bent in the wrong direction.
Maybe I overlooked it during the preflight, but I don't remember seeing like that and the plane flew out to the practice area with no problems. Only when flying back did I need the extra right rudder.
So my question is this (yes, finally. Sorry to ramble on). Could the stress on the tail during a spin or recovery be enough to bend the rudder trim tab? I would think not. But, I guess at redline...Anything's possible.
Thanks in advance to all who respond.
[Edited 2004-04-17 05:12:16]
[Edited 2004-04-17 05:13:57]