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A Full-Size, Working Sopwith 1½ Strutter with Gnome 100hp Rotary Engine on Display at Oshkosh 2018

The fully assembled, full-size, authentic reproduction Sopwith 1½ Strutter fitted with a new production Gnome Monosoupape rotary engine by Classic Machining Service will be on display at EAA AirVenture 2018 in the main aircraft display area, Booth #310. Fully functional, the Strutter will be uncovered so enthusiasts can see the working controls and level of craftmenship that go into the production of these centenarian aeroplanes. Daily at 11am in the Vintage Village, Tony Wytenburg of Classic Machining Service will be doing live engine runs with the Gnome Monosoupape rotary. In addition, Kip Lankenau, principle of KipAero, will be giving three presentations at AirVenture 2018. For speaking schedule, click here.

KipAero Exhibits Full-Size Sopwith 1½ Strutter Fuselage with Gnome 100hp Rotary Engine at Oshkosh 2017

At EAA Adventure Oshkosh 2017, KipAero will exhibit a new production, Sopwith 1½ Strutter fuselage fitted with a new Gnome Monosoupape 100hp rotary engine manufactured by Classic Aero Machining Service. Produced using the original Sopwith factory drawings, this two-seater fighter/trainer will be uncovered allowing the enthusiast to see how early aeroplanes were constructed. For those who want to experience exactly what it was like to fly an aeroplane from the Great War era, four Sopwith models are offered in fully assembled or kit form; 1½ Strutter, Pup, Triplane and Camel. Booth #310, main aircraft display area.

Sopwith 1&frac12 Strutter

The KipAero Crew and display at Oshkosh 2017

KipAero Principle Speaks at Oshkosh 2017

Due to the popularity of his presentation in 2016, Kip Lankenau, President of KipAero, a division of Kip Motor Company, has been asked to update and present “Flying on the Western Front 1917″, on Wednesday, July 26 at 11:30am, Workshop Classroom A. Lankenau will also be delivering “Building Aeroplanes of the Great War”; Monday, July 24 at 11:30am, Workshop. In addition on a subject not commonly discussed is “Lighter-than-Air in the Great War”, July 27 at 2:30pm, Hilton Theater.

KipAero Principle Speaks at Aircraft Engine Historical Society – October 2016

KipAero President Kip Lankenau and AEHS President Kim McCutcheon present “Aircraft Engines Before WWI” at AEHS annual conference, Dayton, OH  October 2016. [pdf file] Aircraft Engines Before WWI

KipAero’s Sopwith 1½ Strutter with Gnome Monosoupape rotary engine

KipAero Exhibits at NMUSAF WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous

A longtime supporter of the National Museum of the USAF and its’ WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, KipAero, a division of Kip Motor Company, is exhibiting the Sopwith family of full-size, authentic kits along with ignition and electrical components for early aero engines October 1st – 2nd, 2016.


KipAero Principle Selected to Speak at EAA AirVenture 2016

WWI Pilot with Sopwith fuselageKip Lankenau, President of KipAero, a Division of Kip Motor Company, will be presenting at EAA AirVenture, “Flying on the Western Front 1916” on Saturday, July 30th at 11:30 am in Workshop Classroom A. This presentation will encompass the history of early flying machines, their evolution in the Great War, the struggles and tribulations of a pilot flying on the western front in 1916, and why anyone would want to be a pilot when the life expectancy on the front was only a matter of weeks. This presentation will be informative as well as entertaining as this time period is Kip’s passion.


KipAero Resumes Sopwith Strutter Production After 100 Years

KipAero Sopwith Crew @Oshkosh2016

The KipAero crew at Oshkosh2016

July 15, 2016 – Dallas, Texas – In recognition of the First World War Centennial, KipAero, a division of Kip Motor Company, announces the introduction of accurate reproduction, full-size airplane kits at Oshkosh 2016. Focusing on the Sopwith family of aeroplanes – 1½ Strutter, Pup, Triplane and Camel – KipAero’s goal is to provide the vintage aviation enthusiast an authentic Great War flying experience. Read more here…IntroductionSopwithKits