WW1 Sopwith Snipe fighter at RAF Museum in London

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Following the end of WW1 in November 1918, many thousands of aircraft were scrapped and many types of aircraft that had been a mainstay of their armed forces during 1918 quickly became obsolete and were retired from military service.

By the time of the Armistice only around 100 Snipes were in service in France, but production of the type continued until September 1919. Eventually almost 500 examples were built and the type became one of the primary fighters in the post-war Royal Air Force, only being retired in 1926.

Not only is this static example finished in the post-war colours of the aircraft flown by Dermot Boyle, but it also incorporates a number of post-war modifications such as landing lights and flare brackets. Doyle flew this aircraft when he was with No. 1 Sqn based in Hinaidi, Iraq during the 1920’s.

Built by TVAL to the same exacting standards as their airworthy Snipes, this composite aircraft contains almost 40% original Snipe parts. A number of original components held by the Royal Air Force Museum (from several unidentified Snipe airframes) were incorporated into the aircraft, along with other privately donated parts. E6655 is now on display at the RAFM, London, UK.

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