The single seat bomber version of Sopwith’s new 1 1/2 Strutter, the first British aircraft to be factory fitted with a Sychronisation gear has arrived at the front.
The fact that the two seater Sopwith is the fighter and the single seat the bomber may seem like a contradiction, but it reflects the power of the rotary engines which power the lightly built Sopwiths. They simply do not have the power to carry a bomb load and an observer.
As with the 2 seat fighter the aircraft has not been allocated to the RFC but to the RNAS – in this case 3 Wing RNAS.
This is a consequence of the failure to coordinate aircraft production and the differing approaches of the RFC and the RNAS to procurement – the RFC relying primarily on designs from the Royal Aircraft Factory and the RNAS on private businesses.