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The promising Bentley B.R.2 rotary engine was the center of a new fighter based roughly on the Sopwith Camel, the Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe. Huge numbers were ordered, and the first deliveries came in the summer of 1918. However, relatively few reached the front before Armistice: ninety-seven were in France on 31 Oct 1918, despite plans to replace all Camels in early 1919. They had a thicker fuselage than the Camel to accommodate the larger engine, and the wings had equal dihedral. The plane retained excellent maneuverability, but it eliminated the hair-trigger sensitivity of the Camel.

Sopwith Snipe
Sopwith Snipe.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Sopwith
First flight Dec 1917 [1]
Introduction summer 1918 [1]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Wingspan 9.14 m (30 ft) [2]
Engine 230hp Bentley B.R.2 rotary
Crew 1
Max Speed 195 km/h (121 mph) [1][3][4][2]
Climb 2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 5:10[1][4][2]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 9:25[1][4][2]
4,600 m (15,000 ft) in 18:50 [1][4][2]
Service Ceiling 5,900 m (19,500 ft) [1][3][4][2]
Endurance 3:00 [1][3][4]

Those who flew the Snipe thought it was the best Entente fighter available at the end of the war, and it continued service with the R.A.F. many years afterwards. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Sopwith Snipe.

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Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
M A 16 13 2

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Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Bruce'69, p.607.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Lamberton, pp.216-217.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Munson, p.75.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Bruce'94, p.36.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • J.M. Bruce, Windsock Datafile 46: Sopwith Snipe. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1994. ISBN 0-948414-61-8
  • W.M.Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman. Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607