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Classic Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel V2

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Sopwith F.1 Camel

The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter introduced on the Western 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 maneuverability. 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.


Crew: 1

Length: 18 ft 9 in (5.71 m)

Wingspan: 28 ft 0 in (8.53 m)

Height: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)

Wing area: 231 ft² (21.46 m²)

Empty weight: 930 lb (420 kg)

Loaded weight: 1,455 lb (660 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Clerget 9B 9-cylinder Rotary engine, 130 hp (97 kW)

Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0378

Drag area: 8.73 ft² (0.81 m²)

Aspect ratio: 4.11


Maximum speed: 115 mph (185 km/h)

Stall speed: 48 mph (77 km/h)

Range: 300 mi ferry (485 km)

Service ceiling: 21,000 ft (6,400 m)

Rate of climb: 1,085 ft/min (5.5 m/s)

Wing loading: 6.3 lb/ft² (30.8 kg/m²)

Power/mass: 0.09 hp/lb (150 W/kg)

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