|Introduction||Sept 1915 |
|Primary user||U.K. (RNAS)|
|Number built||286 |
|Wingspan||7.82 m (25 ft 8 in) |
|Engine||110 or 130hp Clerget rotary|
|Armament||fixed, sync. Lewis [note 1]|
2×29 kg (65 lb) bombs
|Max Speed||110hp: 148 km/h (92 mph) |
130hp: 158 km/h (98 mph)-161 km/h (100 mph) 
|Climb||3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 35:00[note 2]|
|Ceiling||2,300 m (7,600 ft) |
|Endurance||2:00 to 2:15|
The Sopwith Baby was a Sopwith Schneider mounting the 110hp Clerget engine (and later the 130hp model). The change of the engine also forced a change from the pointed nose of the Schneider to a horseshoe cowling. While early Babys used the same gun mount as the Schneider: a top-wing Lewis angled upward to clear the propeller, later Babys used a synchronized Lewis that made for easier aiming.
Like the Schneider, the Baby performed a variety of missions from naval bases and from seaplane carriers in most theatres of the war. Fifty-eight to eighty were still on charge near the end of the war.
Sometimes Rankin Darts or Le Prier rockets were used for anti-Zeppelin work, but such was the loading on this light plane that the machine gun had to be left behind on those missions.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Sopwith Baby.
|Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
|15Q4-18Q4||K||A or B||12||8||6|
Plane and Crew Cards
Miniatures and Models
- Shapeways: Reduced Aircraft Factory
- Shapeways: Kampfflieger
- Some still used the Schneider scheme for the Lewis.
- with 130hp engine
- Bruce'69, p.532.
- Lamberton, pp.214-215.
- Nowarra, pp.202-203.
- Munson'76, p.95.
- Nowarra, p.96.
- J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
- Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711
- Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070