The Sopwith 1½ Strutter was one of those aircraft just right for their time. Of interest, it was the first British aircraft equipped with a synchronised machine gun. This highly versatile single/twin-seater earned that peculiar “1½” moniker due to its peculiar wing struts design. A no-nonsense built aircraft in the usual Sopwith tradition, the 1½ Strutter first saw service with the RNAS during early 1916, and some were still in service 2 years later -with the French- when its obsolescence was more than evident.
During WW1, the word “Archie” was used by the RFC to name the anti-aircraft fire. The most widdely accepted story about its origen came from a song “Archibald?,Certainly not!” first performed by George Robey in 1911.