Sopwith Camel F.1 Reproduction

Aircraft Info Group

Antique Aero Limited based on a design by Sopwith Aviation Company Ltd.
Camel F.1
WWI Gallery
WWI Gallery

With a Camel, a pilot would become an esteemed and experienced combat flyer, or he'd die trying. Built as a successor to the Pup, the little fighter was the first to carry two Vickers machine guns enclosed in a "hump" near the front of the cockpit -- that's where the Camel got its nickname.

The agile featherweight could run rings around many German fighters and was murder in the hands of a flyer who knew how to handle it.

Casualties among those learning to fly this notorious fighter were very high. The torque effect from the Camel's rotary engine could cause the plane to snap into an uncontrollable spin and then crash during a tight turn. If the fuel/air mixture was not adjusted after takeoff, the Camel often dropped into a stall, followed by a spin.

Despite the quirks, the Camel was one of the best fighters of World War One, destroying more enemy aircraft then any other type.

The Museum's flyable reproduction was acquired from Jim and Zona Appleby's Antique Aero Limited in 1979. This aircraft is powered by a Warner 185-horsepower radial engine and armed with two .303 Vickers machine guns.