Sopwith Type 807

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Sopwith 807
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Sopwith
Introduction summer 1914
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built ~20 [1]
Variants Sopwith Spinning Jenny
Engine 100hp Gnome rotary
Crew 2
Max Speed 130 km/h (80 mph) [1]
Endurance 3:30 [1]

Four seaplanes with folding wings, looking much like an enlarged Sopwith Tabloid were delivered to the RNAS in the summer of 1914 as the Sopwith Seaplane, Admiralty Type 807, but they were popularly known as the Sopwith Folder. About sixteen more were built, and they served in several theatres until they were replaced in 1915, including Africa and the Dardanelles, where they flew from the Ark Royal. [1]

Others such as № 921 served in East Africa, and it was not until January 1917 that № 921 was written off in Mesopotamia.[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Sopwith Type 807.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bruce'69, p.526.
  2. Nowarra, p.92.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain: Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • 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