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Sopwith Snail


Production Details

Design Company:

Sopwith Aviation Co

First Flight:

Spring 1918

Snail:

2 - Sopwith

Type Specification

Applies to:

Sopwith 8F1 Snail

Type:

Single seat scout to Air Board Specification A.1(a)

Wing:

Single bay biplane with equal span, staggered, unswept wings. Ailerons on all four wings

Fuselage:

Plywood monocoque fuselage mounted on lower wing

Tail Unit:

Wire braced fin and tailplane with single rudder and split elevator

Landing Gear:

Crossaxle type carried on V struts under fuselage. V struts attached to engine mounts forward and lower longeron aft. Tail skid

Power Plant:

One 170 hp ABC Wasp radial engine in the nose driving a two bladed wooden propeller

Accommodation:

Single seat for pilot in open cockpit aft of the upper wing

Armament:

None fitted

Dimensions

Span:

25 ft 9 in

Length:

19 ft

Height:

7 ft 10 in

Wing Area:

Unknown

Weights

Empty:

1,390 lb

Loaded:

1,920 lb

Performance

Max Speed:

124 mph

Preserved in British Museums

None known

Web Sites

None known


Page Created: 11 July 2004

Last Update: 11 July 2004

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