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Taming the Camel Spin

The Sopwith Camel has a reputation as a bit of a wild beast at times. While it doesn't spit at you, it can easily spin on you. Read on to find out how to tame that dreaded Camel spin.

Enter a Practice Spin

  1. Climb to 3,000 feet or greater.

    You will lose about 1,000 to 1,500 feet in this practice spin. You can recover quickly from an inadvertant spin once you master the recovery technique.

  2. Set the throttle to idle.
  3. Pull the stick gently back to maintain altitude and decrease speed. Keep your nose around the horizon.
  4. When the plane approaches the stall and starts to shake, start applying a little rudder in the desired spin direction.
  5. As the plane stalls, apply full rudder in the desired spin direction and pull the stick all the way back.
  6. The spin will be gentle at first, but it will tighten up after a few seconds. Keep the controls where they are and let the spin develop.

Recover From a Right Hand Spin

  1. Set the throttle to idle.
  2. Apply full left rudder.
  3. Push the stick fully forward and to the right.
  4. As soon as the the plane starts to come out of the spin, neutralize the rudder and stick and use the blip switch to avoid overrevving the engine.
  5. Your timing on this step is important and will improve with practice. Don't wait too long to neutralize your controls. Look for the first sign that the spin is slowing.

Recover From a Left Hand Spin

  1. Set the throttle to idle.
  2. Apply full right rudder.
  3. Pull the stick fully back and to the left.
  4. Rock the stick between back-left and center-left one or two times a second.
  5. If the spin continues, hold the stick back-left for a moment and repeat step 4.
  6. As soon as the the plane starts to come out of the spin, neutralize the rudder and stick and use the blip switch to avoid overrevving the engine.
  7. Your timing on this step is important and will improve with practice. Don't wait too long to neutralize your controls. Look for the first sign that the spin is slowing.

Note: This tutorial is for use with the Rise of Flight Sopwith Camel. It is not for use with real camels, living or manufactured.