The Sopwith Camel is a Biplane fighter manufactured by Sopwith Aviation Company. It is the first British World War single-seat aircraft which is famous for its maneuverability. Its maiden flight was on December of 1916 and it was introduced on June of 1917. Its primary users were the RFC (RAF), RNAS, and AAF.
It is said to be the most successful fighter plane of the war because it was very difficult to defeat especially when it is flown by a skilled pilot. This fighter aircraft was credited for shooting down about 1000 aircrafts after 70 years and a British writer showed that it brought down another 2,800 aircrafts, a total of more than 3000 overall.
The Sopwith Camel was very tricky to fly but highly maneuverable. Most men who wanted to fly the Sopwith Camel lost their lives during battle. It was developed with the intention to replace the Sopwith Pup. It was known as the “Big Pup”. It carries twin Vickers guns enclosed in a hump which was where they got the nickname of “Camel.” It has a length of 18 feet, 9 inches; height of 8 feet, 6 inches; wing span of 28 feet; and weight of 1,450 pounds when fully loaded. It is powered by a 130-horsepower Clerget rotary engine or sometimes a Bentley, gnome, or Le Rhone engine. It could attain 112 miles per hour and fly 300 miles without refueling. It can also climb to an altitude of 19,000 feet but its best combat altitude is a range of 12,000 feet.
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