IT SEEMED LIKE A TOY more than a plane when I discovered this lovely contraption on the floor of a South Surrey mall recently. It was transported there from the Canadian Museum of Flight located several miles away in Langley, BC, and was under the watchful eye of volunteer veterans.
Possessing charm reminiscent of a vintage car, the Sopwith Camel seems too vulnerable to have soared in turbulent times. Yet the original plane (similar to this pictured replica) was flown regularly by fighter pilot and squadron leader Raymond Collishaw during World War I. All the brave pilots that took to the skies with weaponry must have felt like easy targets, despite their skilled maneuverings described as waltzing or dogfighting in the air.
Although battle was a significant motive for developing bigger and better airplanes, the wonder of flight propelled the imagination and eventually enabled everyday adventurers to take wing purely for pleasure.
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