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Le Rhone
80 h.p.
790 lbs.
1,225 lbs.
1- 7.7 mm
19' 4"
26' 6"
112 mph
840 fpm
17,500 feet
275 miles

A Sopwith Pup was the first aircraft ever to land on a moving ship. This was on August 2, 1917 when the aircraft piloted by Edwin Dunning landed on the HMS Furious.

The English made aircraft was able to counter the formidable German fighter aircraft, and return the balance of power between the Axis countries and Allies.

Pups were deployed in 1916 with the Royal Naval Air Service and soon became an all time pilot favorite. They were praised for their ease of handling, maneuverability, speed, and excellent high altitude performance. In their first two months of service the aircraft were credited with the downing of 20 enemy aircraft, without a single loss of their own.

Sopwith originally designated their new aircraft the Admiralty Type 9901. Due to the wings of the aircraft being about one fifth smaller than those of its predecessor, the aircraft was eventually renamed the Pup.

The standard aircraft engine was a 80 h.p. Le Rhone rotary. Some aircraft assigned to the defense of Great Britain were equipped with the more powerful 100 h.p. Gnome Monosoupape rotary engines for greater performance.

Over 1,770 Sopwith Pup fighters were produced prior to the end of the war.

RC Sopwith Pup from Balsa USA.

Pictured above is the RC Sopwith Pup built from a kit from Balsa USA. It has a wing span of 108" and a length of 77" You will need engines from 2.7 cid and up to power the rc airplane. All up weight should be around 29 lbs.

The first picture below is of the rc Sopwith Pup sold by Kit Cutters made from Nexus Plans. Its wingspan is 53". A .60 engine will power the rc Sopwith Pup. Kit Cutters will sell you a short kit, full kit, or plans.

Kit Cutters also has a 89.75" wingspan rc Sopwith Pup from Joseph Bukovchik plans. To power it you will need from 1.9 to 2.6 cid engines.

Cleveland Model & Supply has plans for the rc Sopwith Pup in 40", 53" and 80" wingspans.

D.B. Sport & Scale has a kit for a rc Sopwith Pup. It has a 77" wingspan and weight around 15 lbs. D.B. recommends four cycle engines from .90 to 1.20.

Tom Clark GmbH has a rc Sopwith Pup as a kit with a wingspan of 96 1/2" and a length of 72 1/2".   They recommend a ZG 38SC engine with 2.8:1 reduction gearing driving a 32 x 18 prop for power.

Uncle Willie's has plans for a rc Sopwith Pup with a wingspan of 53" and a length of 40". They say that their RC airplane will fly just fine on a .19 K&B engine. All up weight is about 6 lbs.

The last two pictures on this page are of a rc Sopwith Pup from Aerodrome built by Al Clark from their kit. It has a wing span of 40" and is powered with with an E-Flite 450 motor.

Al reports his rc Sopwith Pup as flying great. It looks great and flies well at scale speeds, but has plenty of reserve power. He particularly appreciates the looks of his rc airplane when it is overhead and the sun shines through the wing covering. It does great aerobatics without being twitchy to fly.

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RC Sopwith Pup from Kit Cutters.

RC Sopwith Pup from Aerodrome RC.

RC Sopwith Pup built by Al Clark.