The pilot of a Fokker Dr. I triplane replica (F-AZAQ) was killed this afternoon in the crash of his aircraft. The aircraft was being displayed as part of the Couhé-Vérac meeting in Charente, France.
The pilot, whose identity has not been disclosed, was a 66 year-old man who lived near Paris. The accident took place at 16h35, only a few hundred meters from the airfield. The causes of the accident are unknown.
The aircraft was associated to the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis and Les Casques de Cuir, two associations based at la Ferté-Alais. Contrarily to what we had previously indicated, it was owned by its defunct pilot and not by the AJBS.
An eyewitness reported seeing the aircraft in a spin just before the impact. It had been flying with an SE.5a replica when it seems to have gone out of control.
The Sopwith Camel had the same reputation, having killed more German pilots, as well as more British pilots, than any other airplane. My friend George Leavy flew the Frank Talman Camel, which is today displayed and demonstrated at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. The DR-1 replica, alas, was wrecked. It had a standard radial engine, not Oberursel rotary, as it was built for a war movie.
Hello Bob. The Camel at Old Rhinebeck is a replica built by Cole Palen and associates. The ex-Tallman Camel fuselage and tail is now owned by Sir Peter Jackson in NZ. I own the ex-Tallman original Camel wings and have built a fuselage and tail etc, I hope to fly it at Old Rhinebeck some day. Do you have pictures of your friend flying the Tallman Camel? Thanks, Brian