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Sopwith Snipe

Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft

Sopwith Snipe

Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



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.
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ORIGIN: United Kingdom
YEAR: 1918
MANUFACTURER(S): Sopwith Aviation Company - United Kingdom
PRODUCTION: 497
OPERATORS: Australia; Brazil; Canada; Soviet Union; United Kingdom
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Sopwith Snipe model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 19.75 feet (6.02 meters)
WIDTH: 30.09 feet (9.17 meters)
HEIGHT: 8.76 feet (2.67 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,323 pounds (600 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 2,028 pounds (920 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Bentley B.R.2 rotary piston engine developing 230 horsepower.
SPEED (MAX): 121 miles-per-hour (195 kilometers-per-hour; 105 knots)
RANGE: 364 miles (585 kilometers; 316 nautical miles)
CEILING: 19,521 feet (5,950 meters; 3.70 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 1,300 feet-per-minute (396 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



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
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Snipe - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



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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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.
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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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