'The finest acrobatic pilot I have ever seen'

That description is one of many to have lauded the prowess of Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force pilot Capt D. V. Armstrong, a man renowned for flying the Sopwith Camel in a manner no-one else could emulate. But, as the author of a new biography describes, Armstrong was much more than just the aerobatic exponent of his day

Armstrong in relaxed pose, in one of the images found in his personal album. ANNETTE CARSON COLLECTION

Today’s pilots seldom give thought to flight’s first decade of pioneers. But it was due to these early aviators’ pursuit of threedimensional control that they were able to perform loops and S-turns, and even learn whether they could fly for periods upsidedown.

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