Sopwith Two-Seat Scout
|Sopwith Two-Seat Scout|
|Manufacturer||Sopwith Aviation Company|
|Primary user||Royal Naval Air Service|
The Sopwith Two-Seat Scout (or Type 880) was a 1910s British biplane Anti-Zeppelin scout biplane designed and built for the Admiralty by the Sopwith Aviation Company. It was nicknamed the Spinning Jenny due to a tendency to enter a spin.
Design and development
First flown in November 1914 the Two-Seat Scout was developed from the 1914 Circuit of Britain seaplane. It was two-bay unswept biplane with equal span wings and ailerons fitted on all four wings and a braced tailplane and a single rudder. It had a fixed tailskid landing gear with a cross-axle type main gear with twin wheels carried on vee legs under the fuselage. It was powered by a nose-mounted 100 hp (75 kW) Gnome Monosoupape rotary engine driving a two-bladed propeller. It had two tandem open cockpits and could carry small bombs under the fuselage.
- Crew: 2
- Length: 27 ft 6 in ( m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft 6 in ( m)
- Height: 8 ft 8 in ( m)
- Wing area: 440 ft2 ( m2)
- Empty weight: 1160 lb ( kg)
- Gross weight: 1800 lb ( kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Gnome Monosoupape nine-cylinder air-cooled rotary engine, 100 hp (75 kW)
- Maximum speed: 69 mph ( km/h)
- Endurance: 3 hours 30 min
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