Camel Pilot Supreme, Captain D.V. Armstrong DFC – 7th Feb


A sensational story!

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Camel Pilot Supreme, Captain D.V. Armstrong DFC.

Join us, online, as Annette Carson tells the story of a young airman often described as “legendary”, but until now known chiefly from old pilots’ tales, from snatches of fleeting recollection, and from escapades often misremembered. It’s time to meet the real Captain Armstrong, and he is guaranteed not to disappoint.

Annette Carson was for many years involved in the sport of aerobatics, and has written books and contributed to Encyclopædia Britannica on the subject. With her equally keen interest in history she published the FAI award-winning Flight Fantastic: The Illustrated History of Aerobatics (1986), which was when she first came across the legendary Captain Armstrong.

In her world-wide researches she kept reading accolades to his sensational mastery of the Sopwith Camel in the First World War. Billy Bishop said he was “possibly the most wonderful pilot in the world” – Bishop was just one of those who were stunned by the artistry of his air displays and the pin-point accuracy of his flying, which included rolling his wheels on the ground then performing flick-rolls less than 15 feet up.

Armstrong was encouraged to give these exhibitions on the much-feared Camel fighter, to reassure novice pilots that the little beast could be tamed. It’s less known, however, that he was one of the first pilots who flew night-fighter operations from Home Defence airfields repulsing German bombing raids over south-east England, with no radio and only the most basic of cockpit instruments. And in 1918 he led the first squadron on the Western Front that pioneered night intruder operations behind enemy lines.

Annette Carson’s Zoom presentation on Captain Armstrong, like her biography, is illustrated with numbers of original images from his personal wartime photo album, many of them unique, and with specially commissioned full-colour paintings of his dazzling feats of airmanship

Date: Tuesday 7th February 2022

Time: 7pm

Venue: Online

Tickets: £5 member / £8 non-member.

About the speaker:

Annette Carson has written 12 books on a variety of non-fiction topics with a preference for history, biography and aviation. Her lifelong love of aviation led to involvement in aerobatics, a subject on which she has contributed to Encyclopædia Britannica. She has also served in organizational roles including Contest Director, British Team Manager and International Jury member.

In 1986 she published the FAI award-winning Flight Fantastic: The Illustrated History of Aerobatics. It was then that she first heard of Captain Armstrong’s sensational mastery of the Sopwith Camel in the First World War. She has now produced his definitive biography.

Several of her other books have been about King Richard III, and she will be giving another Zoom presentation for Heritage Lincolnshire entitled ‘Finding the Real Richard III’. An introduction to the king and his reputation, it will include details of how his grave was found in 2012 by the team of historians of which she was a member.

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