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Sopwith Pup

Squadron Commander E.H. Dunning landing on HMS Furious in a Sopwith Pup

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Sopwith Pup

  • Nation: Great Britain
  • Manufacturer: Sopwith Aviation Company
  • Designer: Herbert Smith
  • Dates of Service: 1916-1917
  • Number Built: 1,770
  • Speed: 106 mph
  • Range: 3 hours
  • Ceiling: 18,500 feet
  • Wingspan: 26 feet, 6 inches
  • Engine: 1× Le Rhone air-cooled rotary engine, 80 or 100 hp
  • Armament: 1 × .303 in (7.62 mm) Vickers machine gun
  • Notes: After aiding in turning back "Bloody April," the Royal Flying Corps found that the Sopwith Pup was quickly being outclassed by the newest German fighters. As a result, many were withdrawn to Britain to serve in a home defense role.

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