EAA AirVenture 2019


Celebrating 50 Years at Oshkosh

KipAero is returning to EAA AirVenture 2019, to celebrate the 50the Anniversary of the largest air show by exhibiting in Booth #310 in the Main Aircraft Display area. Inside the period correct, WW1 Bessonneau hanger, a fully functional, authentic reproduction Sopwith 1½ Strutter fitted with a new production Gnome Monosoupape rotary engine will be on display.

Game Changer for Great War Enthusiasts

For the past 50 years, there hasn’t been a commercial solution available to the Great War enthusiast who dreamed of flying an authentic WW1 fighter fitted with a proper, torque-driven, castor oil-gulping rotary engine. With KipAero’s line of Sopwith aeroplane kits – 1½ Strutter, Pup, Triplane and Camel – and Classic Aero Machining Service’s new production Gnome 100hp rotary engine, the enthusiasts can now realize their dreams.

Aft view of Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter
Stern view of Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter

The reproduction kits, based on the original Sopwith drawings and specified materials, are available in an easy-build form (no welding required) or come pre-assembled. Estimated labor to assemble the 1½ Strutter or Triplane is approximately 2,000 man hours and 1,500 for the smaller Pup and Camel depending upon the configuration and covering material. To view how we built this Sopwith 1½ Strutter, click here.

What’s unique about this offering is that the Sopwith 1½ Strutter has a dual control option which allow others to experience and become familiar with flying an authentic rotary engine aeroplane. For someone building or about to fly such types, they will now have a much safer route, than just jumping in and flying cold turkey as those young pilots had to do 100 years ago.

For more information, contact KipAero at (888) 243-0440.