The Sopwith F1 Camel - Images Album
The Sopwith Camel F.1 was a direct development of Herbert Smith's Sopwith Pup and the two planes were not dissimilar in appearance, but this is where the similarity
Unlike the elegant and docile handling Pup, the Camel was a high strung animal, difficult and dangerous to fly.
But in the hands of a skilled pilot, able to take advantage of its temperamental flying characteristics, it was an extreme dog-fighter that could out maneuver
any contemporary airplane with the possible exception of the Fokker Dr.I Triplane.
The F6314 was one of a batch of 200 Camels, F6301-F6500, built by Boulton and Paul to contract 35a/1302/c.1293, ordered 18 June 1918, and delivered week ending 7 September 1918 - week
ending 16 November 1918.
However, restoration by R G J Nash c.1936 discovered traces of the serial H?508 on the rudder. This does not match with any known Camel serial number, leaving F6314 as the most likely
contender. There is however a further complication. Two different Camels carried the same serial number!
This is explained in the
Air-Britain Camel File (1993).
The Clerget 9B - Images Album
Drawings, Animations & more
The Clerget 9B was a nine-cylinder rotary aircraft engine of the World War I era, designed
by the engineer and inventor Pierre Clerget.
Together with industrialist Eugène Blin he founded the
company Clerget-Blin - Société Clerget-Blin et Cie - a French precision
engineering company formed in 1913.
Manufactured both in France and Great Britain under license, the Clerget 9B was the engine most commonly
used in the Sopwith Camel. It was a 130 hp engine and considered to be one
of the most advanced of the rotary design engines.