Camel’s first flight ends in crash

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French Sop­with Camel replica ‘B6413’ (F-AZZC) crashed just mo­ments into its first flight at 6.45pm on 24 Septem­ber. In calm weather con­di­tions, the re­pro­duc­tion WWI bi­plane fighter, which had taken builder John Shaw nine years to pro­duce, ex­pe­ri­enced en­gine fail­ure 150 feet above Les Pal­lis air­field, Or­bigny. Shaw sus­tained only mi­nor in­juries but the Camel re­ceived sub­stan­tial dam­age. ‘With per­fect con­di­tions late yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, we pre­pared for the flight’, he wrote on Face­book the fol­low­ing day. ‘Ev­ery­thing went well at the start with good pres­sure, good revs, good con­trol move­ments and a speedy take off. Un­for­tu­nately, it did not end so well after low-al­ti­tude en­gine fail­ure. I am OK but the Camel less so. Oh well, more work!’ Shaw’s sec­ond Camel project, F-AZZB, now awaits com­ple­tion.

The Camel look­ing very much worse for wear fol­low­ing its un­for­tu­nate mishap

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