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.
Production 497 Units
Sopwith Aviation Company - United Kingdom
Australia; Brazil; Canada; Soviet Union; United Kingdom
19.75 ft (6.02 m)
30.09 ft (9.17 m)
8.76 ft (2.67 m)
1,323 lb (600 kg)
2,028 lb (920 kg)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the Sopwith 7F.1 production model)
1 x Bentley B.R.2 rotary piston engine developing 230 horsepower.
121 mph (195 kph; 105 kts)
19,521 feet (5,950 m; 3.7 miles)
364 miles (585 km; 316 nm)
1,300 ft/min (396 m/min)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the Sopwith 7F.1 production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
2 x 7.7mm Vickers fixed, forward-firing machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.
4 x 25lb bombs underwing
(Showcased armament details pertain to the Sopwith 7F.1 production model)
Snipe - Base Series Designation
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