Sopwith 1½ Strutter: In the beginning….

Gorgeous pastel photo of a Sopwith 1/2 Strutter (some name) taking off from HMS Barham’s B turret in 1917(?). The ship was fitted with a pair of very concise flying-off platforms mounted on the roofs of its “B” and “X” turrets from which both fighters and recon aircraft could be launched. Recovery was another very different matter. The battleship lost those platforms in the 1930’s to be replaced by a more efficient catapult and seaplane combo.

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