In 1914 a mixture of Sopwith types appeared with the RFC and RNAS. From 1916 the company concentrated on the production of single-seat scout (fighter) aircraft powered by rotary engines but also experimented with other types. Many aspects of the period of swift development in aircraft design represented by the Great War can be followed through the products of the company. This guide features all Sopwith aircraft which saw use either on squadron operations or on limited operational trials during the Great War. The suggested reading list, at the end of this guide, will enable those who seek more information, particularly about the varied data associated with some of the types, and further analysis to find what they require.
Tabloid ; Other Pre-war Sopwiths; Type 807 Folder Seaplane.
Two-seater Scout; Type 806 Gun Bus; Type 860 Seaplane; Schneider; Baby.
1½ Strutter; Pup.
Triplane (Clerget); Hamble Baby; Hispano-Suiza Triplane.
B1 Bomber; Camel.
Dolphin; Snipe; T1 (Cuckoo); Salamander; Buffalo
A E Bramson, Pure Luck - The Authorised Biography of Sir Thomas Sopwith, 1888 -1989, 1990
M Davis, Sopwith Aircraft, Marlborough, 1999
H F King, Sopwith Aircraft, London, 1981
F K Mason, The British Fighter since 1912, London, 1992
F K Mason, The British Bomber since 1914, London, 1994
B Robertson, Sopwith -The Man and his Aircraft, Letchworth, 1970
J W R Taylor, Combat Aircraft of the World, London, 1969
O Thetford, British Naval Aircraft since 1912, London, 1962
Most of the photographs used in this guide come from the FlightGlobal Archive which is to be found at Flight Global Archive. The owners of this material have generously allowed its use as "an open - access resource for everyone interested in aviation". For details please see their website.
The photographs of the Baby, Pup, Triplane and Camel do not come from the FlightGlobal Archive but are from the author's collection.
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Article contributed by: David Seymour MA, MPhil (WFA Education)
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