March 30th, 2009

Comparing a Sopwith Camel with a Spitfire

Hi,

I've been reading and enjoying the questions and answers here for quite a while, and for the first time, I have a question of my own to ask.

I'm looking for information comparing what it was like to fly a Sopwith Camel versus a Spitfire. I've Googled "Sopwith Camel and Spitfire comparison" in various combinations, read many online articles about both planes, and watched this interesting Youtube video of the two planes flying side by side, although the only one they talk about in detail is the Sopwith Camel.

What I'd really like to know is what someone who learned to fly on a Sopwith Camel or similar First World War-era biplane would notice the first time he got into a Spitfire. I know the control systems were different, but what would he likely find the most different? How difficult do you think it would be to adjust to the changes?

Thanks for any information! I know it's an obscure question, but this community seems to excel with those!
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Men's colleges, male socialization, literature and other facets of WWI-era America.

I come crawling back to you for assistance. Plot bunny bit me hard. :c

Setting: World War I Era, Northeastern America, around 1917-1918.
Genre: Urban fantasy.
Research done: A stint at the public library and lots of Google, and I did find good general notes on the political and military-related aspects of WWI, but almost nothing on civilian life in America at the time. Also, I need some clarification on things about the draft.

My two important characters are very close friends, as well as students at a prestigious college, preferably a men's college. They've got the means to BE at this college, but they're not incredibly well-to-do, either. Maybe upper-middle-class.

Cut because I'm really picky about the details and it got long.Collapse )

My profuse and copious gratitude for any help that you can give me, guys. Writing historically-based things makes me uncomfortable, so I need all the help I can get.

Disease/Cancer to Kill Teen Girl

Gosh, I'm morbid aren't I?

The setting is modern America and the poor victim is a 17 year old girl. Apart from the fact she has something that is going to kill her she's healthy and lives a healthy lifestyle. She's fit, eats right, and doesn't smoke, drink or do drugs. She's white and middle-class, perhaps upper-middle class.

What I need is a way to kill her. Slowly but not too slow, and definitely not too fast. Basically I need a disease or illness that basically attacks her in secret and by the time she and doctors realise there's something seriously wrong there's nothing really they can do - unless a miracle occurs she is going to die. They might be able to extend her life a little, but it would be painful and not worth it. Apart from feeling lethargic, in pain or whatever (I am flexible with what symptoms she expresses) she still needs to be able to focus and move about for at least a couple of weeks, before going downhill rapidly and finally passing.

Is there anything that fits the bill? As I mentioned I am flexible with things so any slightly outside suggestions are welcome as well. :)