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The Sopwith Baby was a Sopwith Schneider mounting the 110hp Clerget engine (and later the 130hp model). The change of the engine also forced a change from the pointed nose of the Schneider to a horseshoe cowling. While early Babys used the same gun mount as the Schneider: a top-wing Lewis angled upward to clear the propeller, later Babys used a synchronized Lewis that made for easier aiming.

Sopwith Baby
Sopwith Baby WW1 aircraft.jpg
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Sopwith
Introduction Sept 1915 [1]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built 286 [1]
Wingspan 7.82 m (25 ft 8 in) [2][3]
Engine 110 or 130hp Clerget rotary
Armament fixed, sync. Lewis [note 1]
2×29 kg (65 lb) bombs
Crew 1
Max Speed 110hp: 148 km/h (92 mph) [1][2]
130hp: 158 km/h (98 mph)[3]-161 km/h (100 mph) [1][4][2]
Climb 3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 35:00[1][2][3][note 2]
Ceiling 2,300 m (7,600 ft) [4]
Endurance 2:00[4][3] to 2:15[1]

Like the Schneider, the Baby performed a variety of missions from naval bases and from seaplane carriers in most theatres of the war.[1] Fifty-eight[1] to eighty[5] were still on charge near the end of the war.

Sometimes Rankin Darts or Le Prier rockets were used for anti-Zeppelin work, but such was the loading on this light plane that the machine gun had to be left behind on those missions.[5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Sopwith Baby.

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
15Q4-18Q4 K A or B 12 8 6

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Notes
  1. Some still used the Schneider scheme for the Lewis.
  2. with 130hp engine
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Bruce'69, p.532.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Nowarra, pp.202-203.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Munson'76, p.95.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Nowarra, p.96.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070