The first test flight of the Sopwith triplane was in May 1916. In April 1917, forever remembered as "Bloody April", six RNAS squadrons received Sopwith Triplanes. The first serious clash with the latest German fighter of that period, the Albatros D.III, led to astonishment amongst the German military: the new English triplane surpassed their own development in all respects, even speed. During one sortie two triplanes suddenly encountered a large German Albatros formation and knocked down at least three of them in a few minutes while the surviving enemy machines left the area immediately. The results were simply spectacular, especially as regards its maneuverability and rate of climb. The final straw in the fate of the Triplane was the Sopwith Camel, whose arrival immediately pushed almost all previous British fighter aircraft into the background. In the middle of 1917 at least 18 active Sopwith Triplanes were at the Western Front, but by November 1917 they had all been exchanged for more modern types.
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Wingspan: 9.75" x length 6.75"
Skill Level: 3
- Molded in high quality plastic
- Illustrated instructions
- Includes decals for five versions:
- Sopwith Triplane N5493, No.8 (N) Sqn RNAS, St. Elois, France, Western Front, flown by Capt. Robert A Little, Summer 1917.
- Sopwith Triplane N533/C, "Black Maria", No.10 (N) Sqn RNAS, Drogland, France, Western Front, flown by Lt. Col. Raymond Collishaw, leader of the "Black Flight", July 1917.
- Sopwith Triplane N5382 "The Ooslumburd", Home Defence, Manston War Flight, Kent, July 1917.
- Sopwith Triplane N5384 "White 9", French Naval Service F.11/SP.9,Western Front, France, Dunkerque, flown by S/Lt Charles Delesalle, February 1917.
- Sopwith Triplane N5486 ShK1 from the Moscow Aviation School. This a/c was attached to the Special Aviation Group (AGON), used for fight with General's Mamontov Cavalry. Russian Civil War, Southern Front, Zhdanka r/w station, flown by Red Military Pilot Jury Bratolyuboff, August-September 1919.
*Cement is recommended for polystyrene plastic*
Matte Dark Grey
Matte WWI Green
Matte Natural Wood
Matte Dark Earth