Sopwith Camel

Sopwith Camel – British fighter plane

Camel in flight

Sopwith Camel in flight.

The Sopwith F I Camel, the First World War’s most successful fighter, with 1,294 air­craft downed to its credit. Is generally an enlarged and modified Sopwith Pup. It was designed specially for hight perforfance and extreme manoeuvrability.
It owed much of its success to its phenomenal aerobatic capa­bilities, which were the result of its compact design, powerful controls and the fact that all the large weights were concentrated on or near the centre of gravity – in the first seven feet of the fuselage. The considerable torque of the rotary engine on the small frame was a vital factor in the Camel’s lightning fast turn to the right, but it also meant that it was impossible to fly the Camel ‘hands off’.

Because of this difficulty, the type got an undeserved reputation as a killer, but all that was needed was great care, especially at take off and landing. But many less experienced pilots paid the price with their life. As a single seat fighter however it was a great success. The Camel was the first British fighter to have twin Vickers guns.


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Technical data Sopwith Camel:

Technical data and statistics
Sopwith Camel F1 Specification
Type Single-seater Scout Fighter
Engine most Clerget 9B 130hp
Span 28 ft.
Overall length 18 ft. 8 in.
Maxmimum height 9 ft
Weight empty 889 lb
Weight loaded 1,422 lb
Weight maximim loaded 1.524 lb
Speed 113 mph at 10,000ft, 122 mph at sea level
Climb 5 min to 5,000ft, 10 min to 10,000ft 16 min 50 sec to 15,000ft, approx. 1000 ft/sec
Service ceiling 24,000 ft
Range approx. 240 miles (endurance 2 1/2 hours)
Tank capacity petrol 26 galls, oil 5 1/2 galls
Armament 2 x Vickers machine-guns
Bomb load optional 4 x 25lb bombs under wings
First fligt December 1916
Service delivery June 1917
Production figure 5,490
Enemies claimed destroyed 1,294

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