Production of Sopwith Aeroplanes and Gnome Rotary Engines Resumes after 100 Years

Booth #310 –  Main Aircraft Display Area

At EAA Adventure Oshkosh 2018, 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. This ‘naked’ Sopwith Strutter will be fully functional i.e. controls, engine, and instruments but uncovered to see the mechanical guts and craftmenship.

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.


Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter assembled fuselage kit fitted with Gnome Monosoupape 100hp rotary engine.

Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter fuselage fitted with Gnome Monosoupape 100hp rotary engine. Authentic full scale reproduction using the original Sopwith factory drawings. Ailerons, central wing strut and undercarriage also showing.

Oshkosh Presentations

President, Kip Lankenau, is giving the following presentation at Oshkosh 2018. Don’t miss as Kip is  informative and very entertaining!

American Aviation in the Great War

Although it had already been ongoing for over two and a half years, America was not a great military power when she declared war in 1917.  From aircraft, training and combat, find out about America’s aviation experience and contributions during the Great War.

Flying the Western Front

Find out what it was really like to fly on the Western Front during 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. Updated presentation.

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.

Kip is the founder and president of Kip Motor Company, a parts, service, and restoration facility specializing in antique British automobiles and vintage aircraft, KipAero. A lifelong historian and frequent speaker, he’s made presentations at the Aviation Week & Space Technology Innovation Challenge, the Aircraft Engine Historical Society, the British Motor Trade Association, and AirVenture.