This month's walk-around is a unique subject in that it was used for testing landing and taking off ships that would one day lead to aircraft carriers. This Sopwith Camel at the National Naval Aviation Museum was used for testing on the USS Texas. After the Armistice in WWI, the U.S. Navy obtained six Camels for experiments at Guantananmo Bay, Cuba, operating planes aboard ship using wooden platforms built over the forward turret guns of battleships. Battleship launched aircraft were normally flown ashore, but also were equipped with inflatable air bags underneath the wings to keep the aircraft afloat in the event of a water landing.
This awesome walk-around was photographed and donated by member Tim_B. There are 33 high resolution images of this lovely aircraft.
This is an excellent subject to add to your walk-around collection.
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