Sopwith Type 860
|Primary user||U.K. (RNAS)|
|Number built||~18 |
|Variants||Sopwith Type 880|
The Sopwith Seaplane, Admiralty Type 860 was a competitor to the Short Type 184 as a torpedo-carrying seaplane. It had at least two configurations: one with equal-span wings, another with a longer top wing supported by king posts. Only about eighteen were built since the Short 184 had become the standard for this type of seaplane. Some 860s were still serving in 1916. 
Torpedo trials with Nos. 851 and 852 were not successful and the planes were written off in March 1917. However, the type gave conventional patrol service through mid-1916.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Sopwith Type 860.
- Bruce'69, p.529.
- Nowarra, p.92.