Monday, August 1, 2016

Sopwith Camel

The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter aircraft introduced on the Western Front in 1917. Manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company, it used a rotary engine, and had twin synchronized machine guns. Though difficult to handle it offered very good maneuverability to an experienced pilot. Camel pilots were credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter of the conflict. It also served as a ground-attack aircraft, especially towards the end of the war when it had become outclassed in the air-to-air role. The main variant was the F.1 but dedicated variants were built for a variety of roles including the 2F.1 Ship's Camel for carrier operations, the Comic night fighter, the T.F.1 trench fighter armored ground attack aircraft and as a two-seat trainer.


Kaptain Kobold said...

It's kind of quirky (in a macarbre kind of way) that nearly 50% of Sopwith Camel losses were caused by Sopwith Camels.

Al said...

yep, nice

Don M said...

Well when you figure that maneuverability in an aircraft makes it less stable, it was for the best of pilots, however surviving long enough to be one of the best is tricky.