King, H. F.


Putnam, 1st ed., 1981. (Viii) + 323 pp., frontis., numerous photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Small owner’s name & date to top corner of f.f.e.p., o/w FINE. Of all the British aircraft constructors during the First World War, the Sopwith Aviation Co was the one most highly renowned for its fighters – the most famous being the ½ Strutter, Pup, Triplane, Camel, Dolphin and Snipe. Yet this same company, though its life-span was little longer than the duration of the war that made it famous, also constructed not only fighters of lesser renown but pioneering types in other widely differing categories: bombers and reconnaissance aircraft, the Cuckoo torpedo-dropper and the armoured Salamander and Buffalo – these in addition to several civil types, including the pre-war Three-seater and the post-Armistice Dove, Gnu, Atlantic and Wallaby. Racers also had a place in Sopwith’s ‘zoo’, whose inmates included triplanes, biplanes and monoplanes and floatplanes and flying-boats diverse in form and application. All types and classes of Sopwith aircraft are covered.

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