Evolved at the RNAS base at Mudros, in the Aegean, by
Lt John Alcock during the summer of 1917, the A.1
employed modified components of the Sopwith Triplane (forward fuselage and lower wings), Sopwith
Pup (upper wings), and Sopwith Camel (tailplane and
elevators) which were married to a rear fuselage and
vertical tail surfaces of original design. Powered by a
110hp Clerget 9Z nine-cylinder rotary engine and carrying
a 7.7mm Vickers machine gun, the A.1
(which was also referred to by its designers as the
"Sopwith Mouse" in recognition of its part parentage)
flew at Mudros in October 1917, but was written off
after crashing early in 1918.
| Wingspan||7.39 m||24 ft 3 in|
| Length||5.82 m||19 ft 1 in|
|Ann MacDougall, 13.06.2014|
My grandfather was good friends and a flyer too with Sir John and we have a picture of him with Sir John and another fellow in front of the "scout". It is written on the back of the picture in my grandfather's handwriting. I am sure he hand in buiding it too.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?