The Snipe was designed to replace Sopwith’s peerless Camel -a fighter called the “King of Fighters”. Not a easy task, but Sopwith hit the jackpot again. The Snipe proved to be a redoubtable aircraft in its own right. Equipped with a marvellous Bentley rotary engine it was also a lot easier to handle that its forebear, curing the Camel’s main weakness.
Considered one of the best fighter of the late part of the Great War thanks to its awesome climb and maneuverability qualities (its speed wasn’t so good), the Snipe remained in RAF service until the middle of the 1920s.
Above all it was. A nicely done drawing of a postwar 17 Sqn Snipe.
Artist: Roy Cross.