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Old 21 October 2003, 06:57 PM   #1
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I'm a little behind the curve on this one. A couple of days ago I caught this show on the History Channel. Apparently a series of programs entitled "A Day in The Life". This one on WWI pilots. Great program. I recommend it. Finally a History Channel documentary done right (although they have been getting better lately}.No loud, dramatic music drowning out the experts who included Alex Revell among others. The program profiled a typical Camel pilot's day with some good flight footage of mixed vintage. New to me was the statement that the most common injury to pilots was a broken ankle caused by having their foot on the rudder bar during landings, although I don't really understand why that would be so.
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Old 23 October 2003, 10:07 AM   #2
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Do you know if they will re-air it? I would like to see it. I too am perplexed about the broken ankle thing.

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Old 26 October 2003, 03:46 PM   #3
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Did the Camel have a steerable tailskid? If so, perhaps an overly rough landing could cause the rudder bar linked to the skid to snap an ankle?
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I checked the HC site. Did not find a new airing date but the program is available on tape from them.
Ed, you make an excellent point. That would make perfect sense.
Not sure about the skid. Have to check it out.
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