Aircraft & Spacecraft Collection

Sopwith Pup

The Sopwith Pup was a British single seat biplane fighter aircraft built by the Sopwith Aviation Company, entering service with the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service in the autumn of 1916. The armament on the Sopwith Pup is a 303 Vickers machine gun, fired forward through the arc of the propeller by means of a gun synchronizer. With pleasant flying characteristics and good maneuverability, the aircraft proved very successful.

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SPAD VII

This sturdy, compact biplane armed with a synchronized machine gun and a V-8 engine, debuted in 1916 after overcoming several teething problems. It was a success with both French and British Air forces, with the British building them under license.

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Stearman N2S-3 Kaydet

One of America's best known biplanes, the Stearman Kaydet was built in greater quantities than any other known American or European biplane. The prototype Stearman was tested by both the Army and the Navy as early as 1934, and by the time the last production model was completed in February 1945, more than 10,000 had been built.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI

In its time, the Spitfire was possibly the best known fighter aircraft in the world. Together with the Hawker Hurricane, it flew into history in 1940 during the Battle of Britain. Its existence is owed to Supermarine's experience in designing and building Schneider Trophy racing seaplanes in the late 1920s, a highly successful collaboration with Rolls-Royce, and its talented designer, Reginald Mitchell.

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