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Tangledwood US planes different to euro ones - WW2 (40) RE: US planes different to euro ones - WW2 23 Jun 15

Sopwith's radial engine types primarily the Sopwith Camel were difficult aircraft to fly

Thanks Teribus. Those engines were rotary, not radial, meaning that the entire engine - crankcase, cylinders etc, rotated around a fixed crankshaft. This was a large mass creating large gyroscopic forces. As I understand it this is what made the aircraft so difficult to fly. In addition they were lubricated with castor oil which sprayed back giving the pilot a liberal dose.

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