Sopwith Dolphin

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Sopwith Dolphin
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Sopwith
First flight June 1917 [1]
Introduction late 1917
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 1,532 [1]
Wingspan 9.91 m (32 ft 6 in) [2]
Engine 200hp Hispano-Suiza vee
Ammo ≥500 (Vickers) + 1-2 drums of 97 rounds (Lewis)[3]
Crew 1
Max Speed 206 km/h (128 mph) [1][4][2]
Climb 2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 6:05[1][2]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 10:30[1][2]
4,600 m (15,000 ft) in 19:30 [1][2]
Service Ceiling 6,400 m (21,000 ft) [1][4][2]
Endurance 1:45 [4]

While most Sopwith fighters used a rotary engine, the Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin used a Hispano-Suiza vee. The upper wing sat low on a deep cockpit to give the pilot maximum visibility, with his head poking out in a cage structure splitting the upper wing. The lower wing was negatively staggered to maintain the correct center of gravity. Pilots were not keen on this arrangement, though, fearing being decapitated if the plane should flip over. Those fears were unfounded though, and the plane proved easy to fly and quite capable. The first operational trials commenced in June 1917, but it was not until the late months of 1917 that production units reached the front. Problems with the geared 200hp Hispano-Suiza plagued rapid production, just as it was slowing the R.A.F. S.E.5a.

Twin synchronized Vickers were fitted to the fuselage, and a late addition added two limited-movement Lewis guns aimed upward at a 45° angle, though the latter were frequently removed. The Dolphin performed all the normal fighter patrol and escort duties and one unit was issued Dolphins for Home Defense.

A version using the powerful 300hp Hispano-Suiza was in testing at the end of the war and was anticipated for use by both French and American units. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Sopwith Dolphin.


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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Bruce'69, p.600.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  3. Kelly, p.230.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Munson, p.48.
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  • Kevin Kelly, "Belts and Drums: A Survey of First World War Aircraft Ammunition Totals". Over the Front, Vol. 5, No. 3, Autumn 1990. Walsworth Publishing Co, Inc. and The League of World War I Aviation Historians.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607