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18 ft. 10 in.
26 ft. 6 in.
The Sopwith Triplane, built in Great Britain, was one of the best climbing, most maneuverable fighter aircraft of its day.
The development of the Sopwith Triplane borrowed heavily on its predecessor, especially in fuselage and tail design. Its triplane wing design was ground breaking. In order to accommodate the drag of the extra wing, a more powerful engine was fitted to the fuselage.
We understand that the prototype Sopwith Triplane was immediately flown to the Western Front where it was tried in combat against enemy aircraft. On its first day at the front lines, the aircraft was launched to intercept enemy fighter aircraft attacking at high altitude.
Those who witnessed its performance were highly impressed by the Sopwith Triplane’s climbing abilities. As a result, the aircraft was quickly rushed into production.
The Sopwith Triplane was deployed to the British Royal Naval Air Service which flew the aircraft from February through July of 1917. During that time they accounted for a record of nearly 10 to 1 in combat victories over German aircraft.
Overall performance of the Sopwith Triplane was encumbered by heavy maintenance requirements. This plus the introduction of new, more capable German and Allied fighter aircraft soon ended the career of the Sopwith Triplane. A total of 147 of the aircraft were produced.
RC Sopwith Triplane
The RC Sopwith Triplane from Dare Hobbies has a 36 in. wingspan. A geared Speed 400 or similar size outrunner brushless motor is recommended.
The RC Sopwith Triplane from a K & W Models wingspan is 64 in. and length is 44 in. A .46 to .60 two stroke engine or .60 to.90 four stroke engine will pull it through the air just fine.
The RC Sopwith Triplane from Kavan Models has a wingspan of 31 in. and a length of 23 1/2 in. A 280 motor powers it. Weight is about 14 oz.
Traplet has plans of a RC Sopwith Triplane. It has a 26 in. wingspan, is made from foam, and weighs 5 1/4 oz. For power you can use a WES-Tech 6-8.5 motor or the equivalent.
The RC Sopwith Triplane from Uncle Willies plans has a 79 in. wingspan with a 58 in. length. Quadra 2.0 engines are recommended to power it.
Cleveland Model has plans for the Sopwith Triplane for sale with wingspans of 10″, 13″, 20″, 27″, 40″, 53″, and giant scale 80″.