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Fuel capacity was greatly reduced, and there was no provision for the installation of any armament. (The late Rodney Gerrard) 30 Clockwise from below: Rotherham pump on rear starboard centre-section strut; split axle and fairing detail; centre-section cut-out; centre-section strut and rigging attachments; pitot tube; port rear interplane strut fixing; doubled (RAFwire) flying wires pass through lower wing root to fuselage fixing points-see page 29; lower wing port interplane strut fixing; fuselage underside detail; channel behind firewall with undercarriage bracing wires; bungee cord on starboard undercarriage and finally; starboard wheel and undercarriage detail.
13 Naval Squadron ,RNAS 1918, flown by L H Slatter. PC 10 Khaki dope was applied to all upper surfaces with the cowling and metal fuselage panels in 'Battleship' grey. Ply fuselage panels are varnished, under surfaces of wings and tailplane, clear-doped. Red,white and blue markings on fuselage and wheel covers as depicted - note non-standard large area windscreen. Although unconfirmed the upper surfaces of both wings may be PClO, clear-doped below. Colours of the fuselage are conjectural based on tonal values of known national colours red panel behind varnished ply panel, ultramarine rear fuselage, fin and wheel covers, black Cleopatra motif, red asp and fin spot.
S mph; at 1O,OOOft, III mph; at IS,OOOft, 103 mph. Climb to 6,SOOft, S min. ; to 10,000 ft, 9 min. ; to IS,OOOft, 20 min. 7 to 1 at loaded weight of 1,4 70lb) speed at 1O,OOOft was 121 mph, climb to 1O,OOOft, 8 min. ; service ceiling 22,OOOft. 303-in. ; Sopwith-Kauper Gun Gear on Clerget Camels; Constantinesco Fire Control Timing Gear on Le Rhone Camels. Four 2S-lb Cooper bombs or equivalent. 303-in. Lewis machine-guns on Foster mountings on the centre section. I CAMEL SURVIVORS Belgium Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire militaire, Parc du Cinquantenaire/ Jubelpark 3, B1040 Brussels - Sopwith Fl Camel Sell (exB5747) - recently restored in Belgian markings and currently displayed.