Sopwith Swallow
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Sopwith Swallow

Utilising an F.1 Camel fuselage mated with a parasol wing, the Swallow single-seat fighter monoplane was powered by a 110hp Le Rhone 9J nine-cylinder rotary engine and carried the standard armament of twin synchronised 7.7mm machine guns. Flown for the first time in September 1918, the Swallow was delivered to Martlesham Heath for official trials on 29 October 1918, remaining there until May 1919, the trials having been delayed by fuel system problems. The performance of the Swallow as revealed at Martlesham did not warrant further development, and the prototype was scrapped.

    Take-off weight644 kg1420 lb
    Empty weight403 kg888 lb
    Wingspan8.79 m29 ft 10 in
    Length5.72 m19 ft 9 in
    Height3.10 m10 ft 2 in
    Wing area14.86 m2159.95 sq ft
    Max. speed182 km/h113 mph

Vanessa, 30.08.2008

Yep, I think it is a bit outdatted and outmoded for the kind of air warfare we are looking at in todays modern warfare. Trials have proven this aircraft could never out manouvre a Mig for example despite the continued support and recommendations of Mr McMurdie. Tee hee.

Laurence Mcmurdie, 24.11.2007

Sir Thomas Sopwith, speaking in 1911/12 remarked "If it is speed you want, the monoplane has it". I think Sir Thomas Sopwith wanted this aeroplane. He saw monoplanes as the coming thing for 1919.

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