Synopsis: The highly maneuverable Sopwith Camel was an aerial star of World War 1. The dual machine-gun-armed killing machine made short work of plenty of opposition fighters, bombers and dirigibles and became known for its inherent ability to "weed out" less-than-capable pilots due to its unforgiving flight characteristics - notably a forward-set center of gravity coupled with the engine's noticeable natural torque pull. The biplane had a natural propensity to favor the right side, helping experienced Camel pilots make quick-banking and rolling maneuvers against unsuspecting enemies - thusly giving these Camel-jocks a substantial edge in the dogfights occurring over the West Front.
Pros: Responsive turns assisted by the naturally-produced engine torque; forward center of gravity for lesser agility resistance; wood construction generally meant the airframe became a sponge for punishment-by-bullets; light alloy skinning near engine was added for frontal protection of important internal components; dual machine gun armament firing through the spinning propeller blade.
Notoriety: Credited with an unprecedented 1,300 to 3,000 aircraft kills (sources vary) during The Great War (1914-1918).
Total Production: 5,490
Operators: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.