Royal Flying Corps by Alistair Smith
By Alistair Smith
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Amelia Eyrhart learnt how to fly in a Curtiss JN4. Two more crashed aircraft which appear to have collided after the leading aircraft’s fixed wheel assembly has collapsed and the second one has ploughed into it. This must be on the same field as the previous photograph, as the buildings in the background appear to be the same. According to the serial numbers these are Avro 504s. They have serial numbers C703 and C753. The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum has one of these Avro 504ks also, which they acquired from a private American collector in 1968.
Joining the Royal Flying Corps offered huge opportunities and was very attractive to men who felt that their careers had stalled in other services. It was relatively easy to attain the rank of warrant officer in the Royal Flying Corps and many sergeants were promoted directly into that rank. The same could be said for sergeant and first-class air mechanics, who were being recruited from existing corporals and second or third-class air mechanics. The men in the group travelling to Canada knew that their promotion prospects would be significantly improved if they learned how to fly.
In 1971 Blue Swallow Aircraft, based in Virginia, also began making reproduction Avro 504s. This is a Curtiss JN4, serial number C694, which has overturned. Although the damage is fairly significant, it does give us the opportunity to see the overall construction of the aircraft. Essentially it is a wooden frame with a canvas body. We can also see many of the control wires, which controlled the movement of the rudder. It is only possible to see the last two digits of this aircraft’s serial number on the tail wing.