A highly agile fighter


Stu Goldspink handling the Shuttleworth Collection’s Pup, now finished as 9917 as operated from HMS Manxman.

Most Pup pilots concur that the aircraft was extremely manoeuvrable, even by the standards of the day, particularly noting the lightness and sensitivity of the controls. An RNAS pilot, C. P. O. Bartlett, described in his book In the Teeth of the Wind his experience of the first Pup to arrive at Coudekerque: “Extremely sensitive on controls, spirals nicely and has an amazing glide. Good landing but so very sensitive fore and aft that she is apt to hunt if not handled very lightly.”

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