These photos were taken by Knut Erik Hagen in July 2003
at the Imperial War museum.
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These photos were taken by Tomasz Gronczewski and Karen Rychlewski in August,
They show the bomb rack in detail.
This is s/n N8156, a Hooper and Co. built 2F.1 Camel.
A lot of useful detail shots have been left off this page. The full
set of nn pics of the Ottawa Camel can be
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Lewis gun mount unique to Naval Camels, and generally unusual finish. The wood
is very darkly varnished and the metal fittings black. Interesting underwing
hardwre; picket rings or flare holders? Pitot colors are black and aluminum -
all the machines in the collection are different in this particular. Note
rigging pocket on starboard fuselage.
Mike Kavanaugh took these images at the US Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola,
Florida. Although the markings may be slightly off topic in some cases, the
subject aircraft are certainly on topic.
Knut Erik Hagen took these photos in May 2004.
This aircraft is an authentic full-scale reproduction built by Gerry
Thornhill and Carl Swanson, completed in June 1985. It was imported to New
Zealand in 1997 by film maker Peter Jackson and features a number of
original components, including a 160 hp Gnome rotary engine, wicker seat and
instruments. The aircraft is painted as B3889 (coded B1) as used by
Blenheim-born Capt Clive Collett of 70 Squadron RFC. This was the second of
four Camels in which Collett was successful in combat and he achieved five
of his twelve aerial victories flying it between August 13 and 25, 1918. The
four were B3756, B3889, B6234, and B2341. (Omaka aerodrome is adjacent to
Blenheim). Credited with being the first ace to achieve a victory while
flying a Sopwith Camel, Collett went on to achieve a score of 12 downed
enemy aircraft. Unfortunately, before the war's end, he was killed in a
flying accident while testing a captured German aircraft (Albatros) in
This Camel made its public debut at the Classic Fighters Air Show at Omaka
during Easter 2001 where it spectacularly shed its cowling in mid-display.
Masterful flying by American pilot Gene de Marco saw it successfully return
Lance Krieg took these photos in Sept 2003. Lance adds:
Aircraft is a modern reproduction from original factory drawings.
Pitot tubes are copper, and the bracket and all
other metal fittings are japanned. Underside of wings feature steel picketing
rings. Cowl and intakes are aluminum, but the spent casing
chutes are natural steel. RAF wire appears to be stainless steel,
as it gleams very brightly and in is distinct contrast to the
natural steel turnbuckles. Wheel hubs are brass. Inspection panel metal
plates are painted PC 10, as are the aileron hinges on
the topside. Underneath the wings, however, the hinges are
unpainted natural steel. The rib tapes are, again, lighter
than the underside CDL. Note wooden rigging 'acorn'.
Control cables are regular round wire, and are neither streamlined nor
stainless steel. Fuel and oil caps are steel. PC 10
is painted into the upper wing visibility cutout, leaving only the
undersurfaces CDL. Axle is steel within natural wood spreader bar on
undercarriage. Note wire retainer on split axle and method of closing
fairing. Cowl reinforcement ring is riveted. Note cheek pieces fairing
in round cowl are not flush with lower longeron.
Sopwith F1 Camel B5747 of Aviation militaire Belge was built by Clayton and
Shuttleworth like another survivor (B7280 in Poland).
It has been restored by Bierset AFB, including recovering.
These photos were kindly provided by Knut Erik Hagen.
The photos were taken in Feb 2003 at the Royal Army and Military History Museum
(Musée Royal de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire /
Koninklijk Museum van het Leger en de Krijgsgeschiedenis)
in Brussels , Belgium.