Production of Sopwith Aeroplanes and Gnome Rotary Engines Resumes after 100 Years
At EAA Adventure Oshkosh 2017, KipAero will exhibit a new production, Sopwith 1½ Strutter 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.
President, Kip Lankenau, is giving the following presentation at Oshkosh 2017. Don’t miss as Kip is informative and very entertaining!
Building Aeroplanes of the Great War, Then and Now – Understanding the process, the how and why of aeroplane design and construction during the Great War. Also covers the challenges and resources available for those interested in the restoration or recreation early aeroplanes.
MONDAY, JULY 24 11:30AM – 12:45PM AEROPLANE WORKSHOP
Flying the Western Front 1917 – An update from last year, this presentation covers what it was really like to fly on the Western Front in the Great War (WWI) from the British perspective. From weather and topography, types of machines and their evolution , operations, tactics, training and daily struggles on the front lines, come hear about the trials and tribulations of a British pilot.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 11:30AM – 12:45PM WORKSHOP CLASSROOM A
Lighter-Than-Air In the Great War – From balloons and blimps to dirigibles, the importance and use of lighter-than-air was and still is greatly misunderstood. Many commanders of the time considered the support of their lighter than air elements essential to combat operations.
THURSDAY, JULY 27 2:30PM – 3:34PM HILTON THEATER (MUSEUM)