Nicolas Trudgian range of Sopwith Camel aircraft aviation
signed art prints. This site is dedicated to the artwork of Aviation
artist Nicolas Trudgian. Including the full range of Aviation prints
published by the Military Gallery which Cranston Fine Arts have purchased the
last remaining prints. Which include many rare items. many of Nicolas
Trudgian prints have been signed by Many of the Top Fighter and Bomber Pilots
of World war two over the pats Decade. and many of these great Pilots are no
longer with us. This could be the last chance to own a piece of history which
will soon be no longer available except on the more expensive secondary
SOPWITH CAMEL: was the most successful fighter of World
War one. Claiming almost 3,000 air victories. The prototype of the
Sopwith camel first flew in December 1916, and its first combat mission
began in June 1917. joined 4 squadron RNAS based near Dunkirk. The first
Royal Flying Corp squadron to receive the aircraft was no. 70 squadron.
The Sopwith camel was the first designed fighter to have two forward
firing machine guns. Its design gave it amazing maneuverability
and aerobatic qualities.
and was perfectly suited for aerial dog fighting. Squadron after
squadron was re equipped with the camel and by the end of February 1918 13
squadrons were fully operational with the aircraft along the western
front. Also used on the Italian Front with 3 squadrons
equipped. This figure increased with a total of 19 squadrons equipped on
the western front by August 1918. This included two squadrons
no. 151 and 152 for night fighter duties. in June 1918. There
was also a naval version of the Sopwith camel. the 2F.1s which gradually
replaced the Sopwith Pup and other naval aircraft. The Naval version
most memorable fete was done by Lt S D Culley who took off from a towed
wood platform and destroyed the Zeppelin L.53 on the 10tyh August 1918.
also on the 18th July six aircraft took off from the forward deck of HMS
Furious to bomb the Zeppelin base at Tondern which they successfully
did destroying two Zeppelins L.54 and L.60. This was the first time
carrier borne aircraft had destroyed a land base installation. In
total 5597 F.1s and 317 2F.1s were ordered but there may have been
200 less built.
Performance. speed: 113mph at
10,000 feet. service ceiling 19,000 feet. Armament:
two fixed forward firing Vickers .303 machine Guns. or one .303
forward firing and one .303 Lewis Gun
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