Many boyhood dreams
have had, at their center, a Sopwith Camel. Perhaps one of
those dreams is yours. It is impossible to explain what this
flying machine has that others do not.
The Sopwith Camel
evoked a love/hate relationship with the men who flew them.
It is said that she killed as many of her own as her
enemies. But, in the hands of a capable pilot, she could be
played as a virtuoso plays a Stradivarius.
"Camel" came from the hump fairing that enclosed the
twin Vickers guns, the first British type to be so equipped.
The Camel will be best
remembered, however, for its maneuverability. Only the
Fokker Triplane was its equal. But the 320 Triplanes that
were built would never challenge the 5,490 Camels that were
produced from 1917 to the Armistice.
We all know that those
boyhood dreams last forever. We call upon them from time to
time when we need an escape. VK has made the escape, in
part, possible. We are told that we can't live in the past,
but we say, "Why not?"
here to see
more Sopwith Camel photos in the Photo Gallery