Sopwith Camel Construction – Flying Controls

The control column is used for the normal elevator and aileron control but also has the gun triggers and the engine blip switch. The original was rubber covered because at 20,000 feet the hands would freeze on the metal.  In the field this was sometimes renewed with rope if rubber was unavailable.  The slides show the casting and assembly process.

Control column splicing

1 ton control wire and splice test

Wire broke and splice held