Sopwith 1½ Strutter

Sopwith 1½ Strutter

The last year of World War One, 1918, saw the cruiser HMAS Australia used for aircraft experiments. On 8 March 1918, and again on 14 May, a Sopwith 1½ Strutter was successfully launched from a platform erected on one of the ship’s 12-inch gun turrets. These were the first ever launchings of a two-seater aircraft from a battle cruiser. By the end of the war, nearly every British capital ship carried a Strutter for reconnaissance and a Sopwith Pup or Sopwith Camel as a fighter. The Strutter’s armaments were a Vickers machine gun and a Lewis machine gun, and two 65lb bombs.

Manufacturer: Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, UK
Type: reconnaissance aircraft
Delivered: 1918 (3 aircraft)
Crew: 2
Engine: one 130hp Clerget
Speed: 102 mph
Range: 3 hours 45 mins