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Charles Lindsay Campbell

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Charles Lindsay Campbell ( -1912), early Australian aviator

1910. Charles Lindsay Campbell formed the Queensland Aero Club in Brisbane in the later half of 1910

He travelled urgently to England in January 1912 to train and qualify for his pilots licence and he attended the Bristol school and soloed on 10 May 1912, and on 19 May he qualified for his licence.

1912 3rd August. Australian. Flying accident at Brooklands where he was killed. [1] The pilot who was inexperienced was flying a Bristol monoplane (50 hp Gnome engine) when he failed to depress the nose when throttling back to commence a glide. The plane stalled at 300 feet which the pilot recoverd from but then he stalled for a second time and went into the ground.

BROOKLANDS ACCIDENT.— Report of the fatal accident to Mr. C. Lindsay Campbell, when flying at Brooklands, on Saturday, August 3rd, 1912, at about 6.20 a.m. Mr. C. Lindsay Campbell was flying on a Bristol monoplane at Brooklands, on August 3rd, 1912, at a height of about 300 ft., when the engine was observed to stop. The machine shortly afterwards dived about 200 ft., but straightened out. A second dive, however, followed. The machine struck the ground, and Mr. Lindsay Campbell received fatal injuries. The Committee is of opinion that the accident was due to the aviator failing to appreciate the danger of keeping the aircraft in a horizontal position after the engine had stopped, thereby losing flying speed and control of the aircraft. The Committee is also of opinion that since that portion of the aircraft in which the aviator was seated was undamaged, his life might have, perhaps, been saved had he used a helmet and belt, as his injuries were caused by his being thrown violently forward against the structure. [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Monday, Aug 05, 1912
  2. Flight magazine of 21st September 1912. [1]