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Camel Tossing and Turning

More than any other plane in Rise of Flight, the Sopwith Camel demands a deep understanding of its turn responses to really get the most out of it. To the novice, the Camel feels like it is right on the edge, always ready to snap left into a spin when you press it too much. However, once you get a real feel for the turning exercises in this tutorial, you can easily throw the plane around with abandon.

Keep in mind that the Camel turns much tighter to the right than the left, but the right turn is the harder of the turns to master.

Learn the Left-Hand Turn Response

Learn the Left-Hand Turn Response

  1. Climb to 3,000 feet or greater.

     

    You may spin during this exercise so you should start at a safe altitude. Review the tutorial “Taming the Camel Spin”.

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  3. Apply full power and enter a steep left turn but do not pull the stick back too much

     

    Use some left rudder to help enter the turn quickly. Keep the nose slightly above the horizon to maintain your altitude. Reduce your bank a little if you start to descend. Get comfortable in the turn.

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  5. Pull the stick firmly back a little further and keep the rudder centered.

     

    Observe how the nose rises due to the gyroscopic effect of the clockwise rotating engine.

    Recover from the nose-up response by pushing the stick forward a little and applying a moderate amount of left rudder

    Repeat this step until your recovery is second-nature. Pull the stick back a bit more each time as you grow more comfortable with the recovery technique. Don't pull back too far or you will stall and spin

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  7. Return to a moderate left turn.
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  9. Pull the stick firmly back a little further and apply a moderate amount of left rudder.

     

    Observe how the nose drops if you apply a little too much left rudder.

    Recover from the nose-down response by pushing the stick forward a little and applying a little right rudder.

    Repeat this step until your recovery is second-nature. Pull the stick back a bit more each time as you grow more comfortable with the recovery technique. Don't pull back too far or you will stall and spin

Learn the Right-Hand Turn Response

  1. Climb to 3,000 feet or greater.

     

    You may spin during this exercise so you should start at a safe altitude. Review the tutorial “Taming the Camel Spin”.

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  3. Apply full power and enter a steep right turn but do not pull the stick back too much

     

    Use some right rudder to help enter the turn quickly. Keep the nose slightly above the horizon to maintain your altitude. Reduce your bank a little if you start to descend. Get comfortable in the turn.

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  5. Pull the stick firmly back a little further and keep the rudder centered.

     

    Observe how the nose drops due to the gyroscopic effect of the clockwise rotating engine.

    Recover from the nose-down response by pushing the stick forward a little and applying a little left rudder. Do not use too much left rudder, otherwise your nose will snap over to the left.

    Repeat this step until your recovery is second-nature. Pull the stick back a bit more each time as you grow more comfortable with the recovery technique. Don't pull back too far or you will stall and spin

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  7. Return to a moderate right turn.
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  9. Pull the stick firmly back a little further and apply a little left rudder.

     

    Do not use too much left rudder, otherwise your nose will snap over to the left.

    Observe how the nose rises if you apply a little too much left rudder. You do not need much left rudder to keep the turn tight and keep the nose level

    Recover from the nose-up response by pushing the stick forward a little and applying a little right rudder.

    Repeat this step until your recovery is second-nature. Pull the stick back a bit more each time as you grow more comfortable with the recovery technique. Don't pull back too far or you will stall and spin

Practice Your Turns

  1. Find a straight road (or some other line) on the map and locate a landmark beside the road.
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  3. Imagine a large figure eight laid out along the road with the crossover at the landmark.
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  5. Fly along the figure eight pattern, making tight left and right turns in succession.

     

    Try doing several turns in one direction in one loop of the figure eight before heading back to the landmark and turning in the opposite direction. Also try climbing a little or a lot during your turn. This climbing turn is known as a High Yo-Yo and it is a valuable skill to have in a dogfight.

A Final Note

Even after you have mastered the skills in these exercises, those skills can disappear at any time. You need to warm up a bit to get your turns just right before you are truly ready to “toss and turn” the Camel.