Friday, November 18, 2011

Sopwith Camel

Sopwith Camel
7.5 x 16   Oils on panel
This airplane was used in WW I.

The article in Wikipedia says, in part: "The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter introduced on theWestern Front in 1917. Manufactured by Sopwith Aviation Company, it had a short-coupled fuselage, heavy, powerful rotary engine, and concentrated fire from twin synchronized machine guns. Though difficult to handle, to an experienced pilot it provided unmatched manoeuvrability. A superlative fighter, the Camel was credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter of the war. It also served as a ground-attack aircraft, especially near the end of the conflict, when it was outclassed in the air-to-air role by newer fighters."

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