Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe - Wikiwand

Designed around the newly developed Bentley BR2 rotary engine, the Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe was conceived as the successor to the Sopwith Camel. The cell of the first prototype was ready for evaluation before a single engine BR 2 was available and was therefore flown in with a 150 hp Bentley B.R.1 power plant. This was one of the alternative motive plants of the Camel and, therefore, the Snipe closely resembled its illustrious predecessor. Its appearance was altered by the installation of the larger BR 2, and its considerable increase of power resulted in the introduction of structural changes. Their satisfactory assessments led to this model being put into production as Snipe Mk I and deliveries began in the summer of 1918, but when the hostilities came to an end the RAF had only 100 devices in France: a total of 479 had been produced when its construction was suspended in 1919. During its brief operational career, the Snipe proved to be an excellent hunting, so that it remained in service in first line squadrons until its definitive retirement in 1926, although some units continued flying in training schools until a later date.

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