Sopwith Type 801

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Sopwith Type 801
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Sopwith
First flight 1913 [1]
Introduction 1913
Primary users RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Roundel of Greece.svg Greece
Number built ≥7
Armament flexible front gun
Crew 2

In 1913 a Sopwith pusher floatplane was delivered to the Greek Government. A followup order for six was seized by the Admiralty, and the planes, Nos. 801-806, were converted to armed landplanes. The were known as the Sopwith Gunbus. A second order followed the first. Their performance was underwhelming, but they were used for training through mid 1916.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Nowarra, p.92.
  • 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