Sopwith Camels

Roamy here.  There used to be a WWI airplane museum in the little town of Guntersville, Alabama.   Sadly, the owner Frank Ryder was killed in a plane crash, the museum closed, and the planes were sold off.  The planes were mostly replicas, but I thought they were well done.

The problem here is that I didn’t label my photographs in 1993, when these were taken, and I’ve long forgotten what they were.  I’m fairly certain the first one is a Sopwith Camel, because I love Snoopy and Peanuts, but please feel free to identify these planes in the comments.  (No laughing at me in the stirrup pants – that was the style back then!)

Must be a Fokker Triplane.

The British-made Sopwith Camel was used mainly as a fighter plane but was also used for infantry support and to drop bombs on the German Army during the March 1918 offensive.  Major William George Barker, one of the Sopwith aces and the most decorated Canadian pilot of WW1, shot down 46 enemy aircraft and balloons.  One of his (unauthorized) bombing runs was on Christmas Day 1917, where Barker and his wingman shot up an enemy airfield, then dropped a placard reading “Happy Christmas”.  Ernest Hemingway included one of Barker’s Christmas Day exploits, where he shot at Austrian officers on a leave train, in The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

Sopwith Aviation named many of their planes after animals, including the Pup, Hippo, Dragon, Salamander, Dolphin, Buffalo, Gnu, Wallaby, Antelope and Grasshopper, but they are best remembered for the Camel.

All of this mainly so I could link this.

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Merry Christmas!

8 thoughts on “Sopwith Camels”

  1. (hugs Esli)
    It really was a shame the museum closed. Ryder had a couple of WW1 airshows in the early 90’s – one in Guntersville and another in Gadsden. I may do a series of posts on various air museums, like the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham and the B-24 Museum in Pueblo, CO.

  2. Thanks for the creative post, Roamy. Merry Christmas, pretty Lady. I so enjoyed my tour of the National Aviation Museum of the Air Force in Dayton Ohio with Retired Geezer and Mrs. Geezer a few years ago when they came for a moron-meatup. We could have spent days in there.

    And Merry Christmas to you also Esli and the others who visit here today and tomorrow.And thanks and Merry Christmas to our host X-Brad.

    God Bless Us Everyone!

  3. The Fokker D VII was flown by the USMC post war. T.O.M. Sopwith renamed his company Hawker Aviation, after the death of his best friend, and test pilot, Harry Hawker. From the First World War, until last week, Sopwith/Hawker defended the UK.

    Merry Christmas to all of the readers here at Brad’s, Fishsticks and Dad’s Root Beer for everyone!
    A Big Badger hug to all the Lovely Ladies, and even to the Dachshund!

  4. Thanks ScottTB. I’ll take that hug and claim that ‘lovely lady’ thing. *snigger*

    Same Merry Christmas back at ya.

  5. I think the RFC/RAF plane with silver cowl and v-brace is a Neuport (17?). (I can’t spell in English much, in French, not at all.)
    wing braces were recognition keys, if I remember my geekier days… also if one looks like a Camel with an inline engine it is an SE5. here endith my knowledge of WW1 aviation.

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