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Sopwith Pup Reproduction

The Museum's Sopwith Pup Reproduction (Photo by Heath Moffatt)
Manufacturer: Carl Swanson of Darien, Wisconsin based on the design by Sopwith Aviation Company Ltd
Model: Pup
Year: 1916
Span: 8.0772m / 27ft
Length: 5.89483m / 19ft
Height: 2.87122m / 9ft
Wing Area: 23.5966m² / 254ft²
Empty Weight: 356.983kg / 787lbs
Gross Weight: 555.66kg / 1,225lbs
Maximum Speed: 178.599km/h
Power Plant: One Le Rhône 9C, 80 h.p. rotary engine
Range: 312.548km / 194miles
Registration: NX6018

The Museum's Sopwith Pup Reproduction (Photo by Heath Moffatt)

The Museum's Sopwith Pup Reproduction (Photo by Heath Moffatt)

Sopwith Pup Reproduction

Some pilots called it, "the perfect plane." The Pup was light, basic, and simply simple. "They were tiny little things," says a British pilot, "just big enough for one man and a machine gun." The machine gun was key -- a trusty Vickers gun equipped with a hydraulic synchronizing gear which allowed it to fire through the propeller. With a good weapon and not much else, it was said that, "a Pup could turn twice to an Albatros' once" -- an invaluable trait in a chaotic dogfight. At a time when other Allied aircraft were suffering terrible losses, German flyers would try to avoid getting into a scrap with a Pup.

The Museum's aircraft was built by Carl Swanson of Darien, Wisconsin and is considered to be a masterpiece of replication. It is virtually indistinguishable from the original aircraft -- right down to the Le Rhône 9D, 80-horsepower rotary engine and .303-inch Vickers machine gun.