DC -- Natl Air and Space Museum -- Gallery 206: (a) Legend, Memory and the Great War in the Air (WWI Aviation):
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GAL206_051118_68.JPG: Sopwith Snipe: Sole Survivor:
The Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe exhibited here is the only surviving example of its type. It was built as a two-seat trainer in 1918. After the war, it was one of four Snipes purchased and brought to the United States by motion picture actor and pilot Reginald Denny. In 1928, the aircraft was purchased by Howard Hughes for his epic film "Hell's Angels". It also appeared in both versions of "The Dawn Patrol". After the movie career ended, the aircraft was purchased by Cole Palen for his Old Rheinbeck Aerodrome in New York.
In 1989, the aircraft was lent to the National Air and Space Museum. It has been refurbished in the markings of a No. 4 Squadron of the Royal Australian Flying Corps, one of the three squadrons that flew Snipes during the war.
The RAF's First Standard Fighter: The Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe:
Developed around the new and powerful Bentley BR-2 rotary engine, the Sopwith Snipe was selected in 1917 to replace the Sopwith Camel. The war ended before the transition to the new fighter had barely begun, but Snipes did equip three squadrons on the Western Front. After the war, the aircraft were used by home defense squadrons in Britain.
Production versions had two sets of struts connecting the upper and lower wings, a stronger configuration than the prototype's single set. However, this arrangement increased drag, causing a decrease in top speed. As a result, the Snipe offered no speed advantage over the Camel. The Snipe did retain the Camel's excellent maneuverability, but not the Camel's vicious handling characteristics.
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Description of Subject Matter: Legend, Memory, and the Great War in the Air
November 13, 1991 – July 8, 2019
This gallery features the emergence of air power in World War I and reexamines the reality and the romantic image of this war.
* Voisin VIII: early type of night bomber, 1915
* SPAD XIII: French fighter aircraft also used by Americans
* Fokker D.VII: considered the best German fighter aircraft of WWI
* Albatros D.Va: German fighter aircraft that flew on all fronts during WWI
* Pfalz D.XII: built to replace the outdated Albatros D.Va
* Sopwith Snipe: British aircraft considered one of the best all-around single-seat fighters, although it came quite late in the war
* German factory scene: WWI mass-production techniques, with original equipment
* A model of the Spruce Goose and several artifacts related to its construction (outside the gallery)
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