Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War I

Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War I

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by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey
     
 

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This book focuses on the combat careers of the last of the famous Sopwith fighters to enter service during World War 1, the Dolphin and the Snipe, both of which were built on the strong scouting heritage of the Pup and Camel. The Dolphin featured the unique negative-staggered biplane wing arrangement, which provided the pilot with the best possible tactical view…  See more details below

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This book focuses on the combat careers of the last of the famous Sopwith fighters to enter service during World War 1, the Dolphin and the Snipe, both of which were built on the strong scouting heritage of the Pup and Camel. The Dolphin featured the unique negative-staggered biplane wing arrangement, which provided the pilot with the best possible tactical view forward for seeking out his enemy. Used extensively on the Western Front, the Dolphin proved very effective in combat, with a substantial number of British aces scoring kills with the fighter. The Snipe was built as the successor of the highly successful Camel, and entered service with the fledgling Royal Air Force in the summer of 1918. Although seeing just a few months of action before the Armistice, the Snipe nevertheless proved its superiority over virtually all other fighters.

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“Owing to the specialized market, it's safe to say that there will never be another book on this subject. Therefore, Norman Franks' volume on Dolphin and Snipe aces will remain the definitive treatment of the aces who flew the relatively obscure Sopwith fighters... Nearly 110 photos provide a rare look at the Dolphin, including 15 of the Snipe. The selection is excellent, being well balanced between aircraft and airmen, while the overall quality is good. Modelers will savor Harry Dempsey's 36 color profiles of Dolphins and four Snipes, many with 'up close' details. If there's only going to be one book on this subject, Great War aerophiles are fortunate that it was compiled by Norman Franks. Our rating: five stars.” —Barrett Tillman, Aerodrome

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841763170
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/02/2002
Series:
Aircraft of the Aces Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
798,908
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.25(d)

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Norman Franks is one of the world's leading authorities on World War 1 fighter aviation, having published some of the seminal works on the subject. This is his fourth volume on World War 1 aces for Osprey, having written volume 32 'Albatros Aces of World War I' and 33 'Nieuport Aces of World War I' in 2000 and co-authored volume 40 'Fokker Dr I Aces of World War I' in 2001.

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Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War I 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I had not known previously to this book, that the Sopwith Dolphin had been in such wide service-and flown by AMERICANS who 'made ace' in the machine-prior to the introduction - in August and September 1918, of individual machines attached to various units - of the Sopwith Snipe, which, in its ill-fated Dragonfly-engined Dragon variant, was originally planned as the RAF's standardized fighter. (a point here which the book does not cover, but which I read in Air International: The Dragonfly's problem was that its most dangerous vibrational frequency was exactly that at which it operated, therefore making it useless unless a great deal of R&D was done, and a great deal of money thrown at the problem!) The Snipe did not have a chance to produce more than 2 or 3 aces before war's end 'Major Billy Barker, of E8102 Fame [1 vs. up to 60 Fokker D.VIIIs, there by earning the V.C.] was only credited with 4 enemy aircraft on this mission, actually his ferry mission back to England after a time-expired combat tour which up to that date had been fruitless!! Of course, after he spotted that 2-seater Jerry, the fun began...!'