The Sopwith Dragon was a variant of the Sopwith Snipe designed for use by the RAF. It was essentially a Snipe with

Dragon 1 display.jpg

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.[1]

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]

  1. 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)
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