Incident Reports

Date: December 17, 1919
Personnel: J.Prieditis
Aircraft Involved: Sopwith Camel
Location: Spilve
Details:
  • This was the first Sopwith Camel received from the British.
  • V.Jakubovs and J.Prieditis took it up for test flights. Jakubovs flight went well, but Prieditis ran into problems.
  • Prieditis took off and immediately felt the aircraft pull to the right. The Camel is famous for pulling to the right as a result of the centrifugal force of the rotary engine. To correct for this, Prieditis gave it more gas, which was precisely the wrong thing to do as the engine spun faster and the aircraft pulled even harder to the right. Realizing that the plane was about to strike a tent on the aerodrome, Prieditis shut off the power entirely. However, the right wing touched the tent and the plane crashed heavily.
  • Prieditis apparently escaped major injury, but the aircraft and its motor were badly damaged and required major repair.


Sources

- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture

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