17 May 1917 – Camels on the way

The new Sopwith Camel fighter took its maiden flight back in December 1916. Today the first examples arrived for training with 4 Naval Squadron based at Dunkirk. The Squadron is to be equipped with the type as aircraft arrive.

The Navy is the first to equip wiht the new fighter due to the interminable completion between the RNAS and RFC for resources. The idea is that the Camel will replace the now undergunned Triplane and Pup, though this may prove difficult as the docile flying characteristics of those aircraft are not shared by the Camel, which is regarded as tricky to to fly due to its forward centre of gravity and the high torque of its rotary rngine.

 

 

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