United Kingdom (1917)
The Sopwith Dolphin biplane fighter proved to be an outstanding design, providing impressive armament and an attention to pilot needs.
Detailing the development and operational history of the Sopwith Dolphin Biplane Fighter Aircraft. Entry last updated on 5/3/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
The Dolphin provided a viable platform to which a fighter pilot could tally an impressive list of kills. For some, however, the system was somewhat a threat unto itself as it developed noted stalling characteristics thanks to the tail wing design. With the pilot's head protruding from the design, the aircraft was also open to lethal "nose-over" accidents in which the aircraft might flip up and over its own nose, landing square on the head and neck of the pilot. As such, a support to the upper wing section was later added to address this. In the end, the Dolphin served its purpose to a limited extent, but nevertheless became another accepted Allied fighter design to combat the Fokker Scourge.
Total production reached 2,072 examples.
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (112mph).
Graph average of 90 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
Graph showcases the Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.