The Triplane fighter entered the Western Front very shortly after the prototype had made its first flight in 1916. It had the same forgiving and docile handling characteristic of the Pup, but with its three wings it had far superior manoeuvrability and climbing speed. Although it was built in quite modest numbers, only 147 were built, it scored very good against German opponents. In the hands of the Canadian ace Raymond Collishaw it scored dozens of kills and he was not the only one! Two Triplanes were experimentally fitted with a much more powerful Hispano-Suiza engine, but this remained an experiment! The Triplane was on the European front soon succeeded by a new type that would become the most well-known Sopwith built: the Sopwith Camel fighter. Sample of captured Triplane become inspiration for creation of famous Fokker Dr. I fighter.

Sopwith Triplane book by Nico Braas
Sopwith Triplane book by Nico Braas

Fresh out is the book from Netherlands published Lanasta about this famous fighter and author is Nico Braas, who is regretly not among us any more. Few info about the book bellow:

Series Warplane No.12
Publisher/Brand Lanasta
Author Nico Braas
Format 22 x 27 cm
No. Pages 48
Version Soft cover
Language English

This is small but powerful book, excellent 48 package in full color, with excellent cover on this famous British fighter. Nico Braas in his amazing narrative style explain genesis of the Sopwith airplanes, creation of the Triplane fighter and its service. Book is full of excellent archive photos, charts, technical drawings and color illustrations. By its content, it can match demands of any aviation enthusiast.

Srećko Bradić

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