The Sopwith Camel
is possibly the most famous aircraft type of World War I.
Th eCamel entered service in the summer of 1917 and served
through until the end of the War. In this time the Camel was
responsible for a greater total of enemy aircraft shot down
than any other aircraft type on either side. The Camel was
fantastically manoeuvrable, especially in a left turn due
to the immense torque from its rotary engine. This manoeuvrability
gave the Camel an edge in combat but also made it a difficult,
demanding and somewhat dangerous aircraft to fly for the uninitiated.
Sopwith Camels flown by Home Defence squadrons often replaced
the usual forward firing armament with two Lewis Guns firing
at an angle over the top wing.
Type: Single seat fighter
Powerplant: 110 hp Le Rhone Rotary
Maximum Speed: 113 mph
Maximum Altitude: c 19,000 feet
Range: c 250 miles
Armament: 2 x forward firing .303/7.7 mm Vickers machine guns.