Sopwith Tractor Biplane

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Sopwith Tractor Biplane
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Sopwith
First flight 1913
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Engine 80hp Gnome rotary
Armament none
Crew 2
Max Speed 110 km/h (70 mph) [1]
Climb 2,300 m (7,500 ft) in 15:00 [1]
Ceiling 3,900 m (12,900 ft) [1]

The Sopwith Tractor Biplane was a 1913 three-seat design with horizontal skids with a small wheel at the front and twin tail skids. Both the RNAS and RFC bought a handful, reconfigured as two-seaters, and the RNAS had six on hand when the war started. Two RNAS planes went to France but only lasted a short time, and a few were used at Great Yarmouth RNAS Station. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Sopwith Three-seater.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bruce, p.517.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain: Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382