Ace_Pilto I get the impression that Drongo Drummond is goinng to be quite a character.
I've got two more stories planned for Stanley before the campaign proper starts. Here is a very heavily disguised bombing training mission.
Historical note: they really did drop a dummy from a plane every now and then at Doncaster for the benefit of public onlookers. It was also a tradition to dare trainee pilots to do a loop soon after arrival for advanced training.
The dummy was based on a tailor’s mannequin, but previous drops had knocked it out of shape so much that Stanley felt that he was looking into the face of a scarecrow. He was flying at 4000 feet with the dummy sat in the observer’s position in front of him. Unlike a normal observer, the dummy was slumped over the faring between the seats in such a fashion that Stanley could pull it back and over the side in relative safety.
While circling, Stanley decided that the best area to drop would be the northern edge of the landing field. The buildings, and with them most of the people on the ground, lay along the main road on the southern edge of the field. “Here goes,” Stanley said aloud to no-one in particular and reached around the windshield into the icy blast of the propeller. It wasn’t as easy as William had hoped. The aeroplane lurched and diped worryingly as he leaned forward to tug and pull the stuffed flying coat into position. Once all was ready, Stanley looked again at his position. He was well off to the right now. He had to circle around again.
When he judged the line of flight to be right he held the BE2 steady until the aerodrome passed under the front of his lower wing. With a last haul the dummy toppled out on the cockpit and down into space.
William Stanley breathed a deep sigh of relief when he saw that it had not clipped his tail on the way out. The body fell away, arms and legs waving in a hauntingly realistic fashion. Stanley knew he would have nightmares tonight. He saw that it was going to miss itstarget, but would instead drop into the farmer’s field beyond the aerodrome. “Good enough for now,” Stanley thought, “but if I were dropping a bomb it would be a poor show.”
“Well done. That looked good,” Moller grinned as Stanley climbed out of the lande BE2. “You really made it look like you were i distress before the drop, what with all the wobbling.” “I didn’t do that on purpose,” Stanley objected. “Well don’t tell anyone that old boy.”
Barnstaple found Stanley packing his valise bak at Lonsdale’s house. “Hullo Barnestaple. I’m off for Christmas. I have leave and I’’m taking advantage of being in England. Lord knows when I’ll be able to spend another Christmas with my family.” Barnstaple looked glum, “don’t I know it. I haven’t been so lucky, but perhaps I can pop home at some point. Have a good Christmas then.” He offered a hand, which Stanley shook. “And you too,” Stanley replied. “I hope you get to see your parents. Do look me up in France won’t you?”
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