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Sopwith Snipe


Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft (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.



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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1918

Origin
United Kingdom national flag graphic
United Kingdom

Crew
1

Production
497
UNITS


Sopwith Aviation Company - United Kingdom
National flag of Australia National flag of Brazil National flag of Canada National flag of the Soviet Union National flag of the United Kingdom Australia; Brazil; Canada; Soviet Union; United Kingdom
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.


Length
19.8 ft
(6.02 m)
Width/Span
30.1 ft
(9.17 m)
Height
8.8 ft
(2.67 m)
Empty Wgt
1,323 lb
(600 kg)
MTOW
2,028 lb
(920 kg)
Wgt Diff
+705 lb
(+320 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Sopwith 7F.1 production variant)
Installed: 1 x Bentley B.R.2 rotary piston engine developing 230 horsepower.
Max Speed
121 mph
(195 kph | 105 kts)
Ceiling
19,521 ft
(5,950 m | 4 mi)
Range
364 mi
(585 km | 1,083 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
1,300 ft/min
(396 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Sopwith 7F.1 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
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


Supported Types


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Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 4


Snipe - Base Series Designation


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