Sopwith Two-Seat Scout

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Sopwith Two-Seat Scout
Role Anti-Zeppelin biplane
Manufacturer Sopwith Aviation Company
First flight 1914
Primary user Royal Naval Air Service
Number built 24

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[edit]

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.


 United Kingdom


General characteristics

  • 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

See also[edit]

Related lists


  • Bruce, J.M. (1957). British Aeroplanes 1914–18. London: Putnam. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982–1985). Orbis Publishing. p. 2940.