WWI Aviation

WWI Aviation Pictorial History

An Illustrated History of World War 1 Aviation

1918 Sopwith Snipe

Sopwith Snipe s/n E6938, 1918
Sopwith Snipe s/n E6938, 1918
Sopwith Snipe s/n L8205, 1918
Sopwith Snipe s/n L8205, 1918

Overview

A descendant of the Sopwith Camel, the Sopwith Snipe was equipped with a more powerful engine and provided better visibility from the cockpit. Though not much faster than the Camel, the Snipe had a better rate of climb and pilots found it much easier to fly.

On 27 October 1918, Canadian ace William Barker made the Sopwith Snipe famous in a single-handed battle with more than 60 enemy aircraft that earned him the Victoria Cross. Flying the Sopwith Snipe, Captain Elwyn King scored 7 victories making him the highest scoring ace to fly this aircraft.

Specifications