Chino Airshow 2006
Sopwith Camel

This is a Day-Sopwith F.1 Camel. During World War I, the Sopwith Camel made a name for itself by downing 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other allied fighter. Despite it's impressive record, the Camel was a difficult airplane to fly. More pilots were lost to accidents in the Camel than were lost in combat.Pilot training was lacking also in the 1916-1917 period and the average life expectancy of a British pilot was about 2 weeks!  Some Sopwith Camels carried rockets on the outer spar between the wings for Zeppelin attacks. The Sopwith featured here is a replica that was built in 1980 and features a Warner Scarab engine.

Chino Airshow, 2006 Index


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