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Sopwith Snipe

United Kingdom (1918)
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The Sopwith Snipe was an evolved form of the successful war-winning Sopwith Camel design - though not appearing until the final weeks of World War 1.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Sopwith Snipe Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 11/9/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Sopwith Snipe took all of the components that had made the Sopwith Camel a legend in the middle years of World War 1 and introduced several new features that made this new design the most formidable Allied fighter. Appearing with just eight weeks left in the conflict, the Sopwith Snipe would nevertheless prove its worth against the very best Fokker designs available. In the end, the Herbert Smith-designed Snipe would continue to serve the Royal Air Force (RAF) in large capacity, surviving well into the inter-war years.

Externally, the Snipe took on the basic design of the Camel with a traditional biplane wing structure, fixed landing gear and single pilot seating. Armament consisted of two 7.7mm synchronized machine guns firing in a fixed-forward position. Where the Snipe stood out above its predecessor was internally, featuring an all-new more powerful engine, integrated oxygen and heating systems allowing the aircraft to fly higher and with a better straight-line speed. Power for the Snipe was derived from a Bentley B.R.2 rotary piston engine, delivering some 230 horsepower.

The Sopwith Snipe would go on to become the Thomas Sopwith firms last production aircraft by conflicts end. Nearly 500 examples would be produced and would serve in some capacity up until 1927.


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Any available statistics for the Sopwith Snipe Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).






Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (121mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
497
497


  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Mission Types:
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
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National Origin: United Kingdom
Service Year: 1918
Classification Type: Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Sopwith Aviation Company - United Kingdom
Production Units: 497
Global Operators:
Australia; Brazil; Canada; Soviet Union; United Kingdom
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Sopwith 7F.1 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
19.75 ft


Meters
6.02 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
30.09 ft


Meters
9.17 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
8.76 ft


Meters
2.67 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
1,323 lb


Kilograms
600 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
2,028 lb


Kilograms
920 kg

Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Bentley B.R.2 rotary piston engine developing 230 horsepower.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
121 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
195 kph


Knots
105 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
364 mi


Kilometers
585 km


Nautical Miles
316 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
19,521 ft


Meters
5,950 m


Miles
3.70 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
1,300 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
396 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (4):

STANDARD:
2 x 7.7mm Vickers fixed, forward-firing machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.

OPTIONAL:
4 x 25lb bombs underwing
Visual Armory:

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Variants: Series Model Variants
• Snipe - Base Series Designation