The Sopwith Dragon was a variant of the Sopwith Snipe designed for use by the RAF. It was essentially a Snipe with
a lengthened body and new engine. At least 76 were built, and it was considered obsolete in 1923.
History[edit | edit source]
The first Dragon was the Snipe prototype flown with a320 hp 239 kW A.B.C. Dragonfly I engine in early 1918. The aircraft's speed of 150 mph (241 km/h) led to a production order for aircraft with the 360 hp (286 kW) Dragonfly IA engine.
Details[edit | edit source]
- Length: 21 FT 9 In
- Wingspan: 31 FT 1 In
- Maximum Speed: 150 MPH
- Service Ceiling: 25,000 FT
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The ignition system often suffered from defects, but when working, the engines gave good performance.
- Most of the produced aircraft were put in storage without their engines, as the engine difficulties proved unresolvable.
References[edit | edit source]
- World Aircraft Information Files Aviation Partwork. Midsummer Books Ltd. File 907 Sheet 13 (A-Z of Aircraft:S - SOKO G-4 Super Galab (continued) to Sopwith F.1, 2F.1 and TF.1 Camel)