WWI Aircraft: Sopwith Camel
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WWI Aircraft: Sopwith Camel

November 5, 2019

first World War [Tech] soft with camel The British Sopwith camel was developed by the sopwith aviation company as a successor to the sopwith pup Which had become outpaced by the new German fighters that emerged in the skies While they look the same in appearance the camel was more difficult to handle and dangerous to fly The first flight the camel Prototype was on the 22nd of December 1916 flown by Harry Hawker at Brooklands Weybridge Surrey the Aircraft was powered by a hundred and ten horsepower clergy a 97 engine and was armed with 2.303 Vickers type machine guns in front of the cockpit synchronized to fire forwards through the propeller by an interrupter gear a Hump protective covering over the guns gave the biplane its distinctive camel name The fighter had two main wings stacked one about the other with the fuselage construction mainly consisting of a wooden frame Covered in Fabric and aluminium panels around the engine the Royal naval air service put the soft with camel into [combat] service first in June 1917 and [the] Royal Flying Corps put the Biplane into combat the month after Many novices were killed or training to pilot a vehicle The rotary effect of the engine meant that the camel was awkward to fly when turning left But was very fast when turning right in the hands of a skilled pilot however it could be an effective machine able to Outmaneuver other enemy airplanes except for the Fokker Dr1 triplane From mid 1918 during the German spring offensive the sopwith camel was used as a ground attack aircraft Along with other allied aircraft it would support the infantry advance towards the German border sometimes fitted out to carry 25 pound bombs to attack German strongholds Some variants include the comic night fighter for night fighting duties the tf1 a Trench fighter that had been fitted with armor for protection and machine guns angled downwards for ground attacks upon heavily-defended enemy Lines and the 2F-1 for flying from the deck of ships Featuring a shorter Wingspan a bentley engine and an over wing Lewis gun during its service in the first world war by the allied forces the Sopwith camel was credited with 1294 Victories averaging 76 kills a month in total 5490 Sopwith Camels were built and the last fighter was retired by the raf in January 1920 Watch our other videos [to] learn [more] get your copy of simple history world war one available on Amazon now Thank you for all your support on the simple history YouTube channel if you enjoy the channel please consider supporting us at Patreon

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  1. The narrator of thesse british stuff make things more interesting! You guys from Simple History are the best!

  2. leagend has is this plane had piolots that killed dozens in one battle and in one life by looking behind them and spotting the enimy with flares ard wth there hands then they drop little bombs in the shape that looks like an arrows whitch reapears in 30 or so seconds

  3. Ooofff – 0:33 – what's with the 10-cylinder engine in the graphic – ODD # of Cylinders!!!
    Also, later, bombs drifting downward tail first. Whoever heard…

  4. Trivia: It gave the name to a 60's rock band called Sopwith Camel. Also an actual character in Jim Henson's famous Muppet Show was called Sopwith the Camel. An actual camel named Sopwith. 🙂
    Btw it was better than the Fokker Dr.1 . Few of those were made and they were never very popular among the pilots. They had a short frontline service and replaced by the far better Fokker DVII's.

  5. Please look at the French aircraft next I already saw your episode on the Spitfire can’t show the British all the love got to share it with the French I mean they were in the war for longer and had more crap to deal with in terms of watching out and not getting defeated by the enemy

  6. My dad once bought me a Sopwith Camel model from the aviation museum in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, some kid I knew dropped it, and the wings came apart, and the propeller broke.

  7. The plane was so difficult to control so only the most skilled pilots were in the field because all the others died in training

  8. My son Patrick loves your videos and would like to see one on the F4U corsair Fighter plane of WWII.  Keep up the good work.

  9. Honestly, I only know of Sopwith Camel thanks to my dad who's had quite a collection of Biggless books by W.E. Johns

  10. Yeah I know this little French place, we could bring some girls-


  11. Wright brothers: makes plane for travel
    Ww1 allies and central powers: uses them for war
    Wright brothers: are we a joke to you

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