Sopwith Baby

1915

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Sopwith Baby

Derived from the Schneider single-seat fighter seaplane, the Baby first appeared in September 1915, and differed from its predecessor primarily in having a 110hp Clerget nine-cylinder rotary in place of the Monosoupape, this being accommodated by a horseshoe- shaped open-fronted cowling. As on late production Schneiders, ailerons replaced wing warping for lateral control, and armament usually consisted of a single 7.7mm machine gun synchronised to fire through the propeller, although a few Babies retained the arrangement of the Schneider with the gun attached to the centre section and firing upward to clear the propeller. Several Babies were fitted with two 7.7mm guns side by side over the wing; one batch of Blackburn-built Babies was fitted with Ranken explosive darts as anti-airship weapons, and at least one was fitted with Le Prieur rockets, 10 of these devices being attached to the interplane bracing struts. Two 29.5kg bombs could also be carried. The Baby was widely used by the RNAS to provide fighter aircraft for use with patrol.ships, as escorts for twoseaters and for operation from early aircraft carriers. A total of 286 Babies was built of which 195 were produced by Blackburn - and sometimes known as Blackburn Babies - 105 of the latter being fitted with the 130hp Clerget engine, and, of these, 40 were fitted (initially) to carry the Ranken dart and no gun armament. A more extensive modification of the Sopwith float fighter was the Fairey Hamble Baby.

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Sopwith BabyA three-view drawing (1280 x 928)

Specification 
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight778 kg1715 lb
  Empty weight556 kg1226 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan6.90 m23 ft 8 in
  Length7.01 m23 ft 0 in
  Height3.05 m10 ft 0 in
  Wing area22.30 m2240.03 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed161 km/h100 mph

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bill gibson, e-mail, 12.10.2012 16:14

i think that this an unusal air craft. but if serves the purpose more power to you

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Baron von Helton, e-mail, 13.04.2012 23:55

You fucking trolls and haters, fuck off kikes and niggers

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Baron von Helton, e-mail, 31.12.2011 05:59

Yes 219th, google it you fucking troll

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David Greely, e-mail, 06.07.2010 15:36

Can anyone please confirm whether this craft was used by 219 squadron at Westgate on Sea (Kent) dring WW1. I wish to include any information and pictures in local history book. With thanks, David Greely

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David Greely, e-mail, 06.07.2010 15:39

Can anyone please confirm whether this craft was used by 219 squadron at Westgate on Sea (Kent) dring WW1. I wish to include any information and pictures in local history book. With thanks, David Greely

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Martin Giles, e-mail, 13.03.2009 05:10

Every other source I have (11) quote the span as 25ft 8in.

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Baron von Helton, e-mail, 11.10.2008 15:06

Any of these aircraft with conventional undercarriage? Flying the Strutter in this time period results in alot of losses!

:(

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Joe Perkel, e-mail, 15.04.2008 07:11

I do so admire this aircraft! :)

Joe Perkel
sopwith-baby.com

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