AFAIK only a minority was able to land safely after such an incident. So it is certainly not trivial to land like that. But that may also reflect the fact that pilots had no training for emergency situations. Even spinning would kill them in flight school. So they were like sailors who can't don't learn to swim. What good is that anyway if you go overboard in the middle of the ocean...
I read that someone building a replica discovered that the fabric attachment method was flawed, but for historical reasons they used the same method for the replica.
Yes the RoF N28 could just do with another problem couldn't it?
With the ailerons on the lower wing, provided that the upper wing didn't break-up or detach, the main problem facing the pilot should have been a much higher landing speed than normal. Perhaps other pilots didn't appreciate that fact.
I'm wondering whether the responsiveness of the tail group could be compromised by turbulence generated froim the damaged wing.
The N.28 as we have it is like as if it was toned down to what an average pilot dared to do as maneuvers without the fear of losing wings. The upside is, our N.28 is also too fast