Aeroplane Monthly 1984-08
R.Baxter - The Sopwith interview (2)
Probably the most famous Sopwith aircraft of all, so famous that the Arabs named an animal after it! The Camel was first ordered by the RNAS, in January 1917, and No 4 (Naval) Squadron was operational with the type in June that year.
Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter A1924. Note the raised Scarff ring and the clear-view top wing panels.
A view of the first prototype Salamander, E5429, photographed at Brooklands on 1 May 1918.
The Sopwith Salamander trench-fighter, powered by a 200 h.p. Bentley rotary. This aircraft, E5429, was the prototype, and it was first flown on April 27, 1918, from Brooklands. Though production continued after the Armistice the Salamander never equipped a squadron.
Sopwith-built Pup N5180, powered by an 80 h.p. Le Rhone, was the first production naval Pup.
Sqn Ldr E. H. Dunning making the first landing on a ship on August 2, 1917.
A fine photograph of a Tabloid taking off from Brooklands. This aircraft was destined for the Navy, though the serial number has yet to be applied to the rudder.
The prototype Sopwith Buffalo fighter, H5892, powered by a Bentley B.R.2 engine. The Sopwith Dragon E7990 is seen behind.
Harry Hawker flying the 80 h.p. Sopwith three-seater on a Sunday at Brooklands in July 1913, possibly on the same day that he reached a height of 8,420ft with three passengers, a record for four people in one aeroplane.
The pretty little Sopwith Snapper, powered by a 320 h.p. ABC Dragonfly I radial. Armament consisted of two Vickers guns fitted externally.