The Snipe was designed to remplace their peerless Camel -a fighter called the King of Fighters-, not a easy task,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 curing 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 20’s.
Above all: a nicely done drawing of a postwar 17 Sqn Snipe.
Artist: Roy Cross