Sopwith Tabloid

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Sopwith Tabloid
Sopwith Tabloid RAFM.jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Sopwith
First flight Nov 1913 [1]
Introduction Aug 1914
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built ~40 [1][2]
Wingspan 7.77 m (25 ft 6 in)[3]
Engine 80hp Gnome rotary
Armament usually none or 9 kg (20 lb) of bombs[2]
Crew 1
Max Speed 148 km/h (92 mph) [1][4][5][3]
Climb 1,200 ft (370 m) in 1:00 [1][5]
Service Ceiling ~15,000 ft (4,600 m)[4][3]
Endurance 3:30 [1][4][5][3]

When the Sopwith Tabloid was first demonstrated in late 1913, onlookers were astonished with its excellent performance. The original model had pilot and passenger sitting side-by-side in a shared cockpit, though military machines were single-seaters. Wings were controlled by warping and were of single-bay configuration. Eventually ailerons were added instead. In many ways, the Tabloid set design trends that would carry through to 1918.

The RFC and RNAS both ordered small numbers of Tabloids in early 1914 and some went to France in August 1914. The RNAS had only two on hand in Antwerp before it was evacuated, and one managed to destroy Zeppelin Z.IX as it rested in its shed at Dusseldorf. Ad-hoc mounts of machine guns were constructed including a Lewis gun on the upper wing firing over the propeller arc; another used deflector plates on the propeller.

The Tabloid's service life did not last long after the spring of 1915. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Sopwith Tabloid.

Timeline [note 1]

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale

1:300 Scale


Orthographic Drawings


  1. British usage numbers are approximate, derived from the squadron histories.[6]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Bruce, p.518.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Angelucci, p.27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Angelucci, p.22.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Munson, p.53.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  6. Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • 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, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607
  • Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2