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Sopwith Snipe


Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft


United Kingdom | 1918



"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.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Sopwith 7F.1 Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft.
1 x Bentley B.R.2 rotary piston engine developing 230 horsepower.
Propulsion
121 mph
195 kph | 105 kts
Max Speed
19,521 ft
5,950 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
364 miles
585 km | 316 nm
Operational Range
1,300 ft/min
396 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Sopwith 7F.1 Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft.
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(MANNED)
Crew
19.8 ft
6.02 m
O/A Length
30.1 ft
(9.17 m)
O/A Width
8.8 ft
(2.67 m)
O/A Height
1,323 lb
(600 kg)
Empty Weight
2,028 lb
(920 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Sopwith Snipe Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft .
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
Notable series variants as part of the Sopwith Snipe family line.
Snipe - Base Series Designation
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Sopwith Snipe. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 497 Units

Contractor(s): 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 ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (121mph).

Graph Average of 113 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
497
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
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
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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
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Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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