Sopwith Type 860

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Sopwith 860
Sopwith 860 equal span wings.jpg
Role Reconnaissance seaplane
Manufacturer Sopwith
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built ~18 [1][2]
Variants Sopwith Type 880
Engine 225hp Sunbeam
Armament 810lb torpedo
Crew 2

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. [1]

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.[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Sopwith Type 860.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bruce'69, p.529.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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