Sopwith Triplane Aces of World War 1

Sopwith Triplane Aces of World War 1

By Norman Franks; Harry Dempsey (Illustrator)

Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781841767284, 96pp.

Publication Date: June 24, 2004

The inspiration behind the iconic Fokker Dr I, Sopwith's Triplane was built as a replacement for the company's hugely successful, and much loved, Pup. Thanks to its massive wing area, the revolutionary Triplane boasted an unmatched rate of climb and greatly improved manoeuvrability. Indeed, when the type made its combat debut in late 1916, the Triplane could easily out-fight any other aircraft operated by either side. Used exclusively by the Royal Naval Air Service and the French Navy, theTriplane had a far greater impact on the aerial war over the Western Front than its meagre production numbers really deserved. Pilots such as Ray Collishaw, Bob Little and Roderic Dallas all enjoyed success in the bloody struggle for aerial supremacy over the Western Front in 1917. The first volume in print devoted exclusively to Triplane aces, this book includes numerous first-hand accounts, detailed appendices, more than 90 rare photographs and over 40 all-new colour profiles and planforms.

About the Author
Norman Franks is a respected historian and author. Previous titles for Pen and Sword include In The Footsteps of the Red Baron (co-authored with Mike O Connor), The Fighting Cocks, RAF Fighter Pilots Over Burma, Dogfight and The Fallen Few of the Battle of Britain (with Nigel McCrery). Over the course of his career, Frank has published some of the most compelling works on First World War fighter aviation, being one of the world s leading authorities on the subject.

A history teacher living in St Charles, Iowa, Greg VanWyngarden has had a lifelong interest in World War I aviation and has been particularly active in researching the colors and markings of German fighter aircraft. Greg has served on the Board of Directors of the League of World War I Aviation Historians and has been both art director and issue editor for that society's journal "Over the Front," He is a long-time member of Cross & Cockade International, and has authored many articles in specialist publication and contributed to several monographs dealing with his favorite subject. This is his tenth book. The author lives in St Charles, Iowa.

Praise For Sopwith Triplane Aces of World War 1

With Fokker D VII Aces of World War I (Part 2): "This is the first time I have read examples of these books... If these books are representative, it must be a truly formidable series... Although both books complement each other, they both can stand alone as useful works describing this outstanding aircraft of World War I." -Mike Wollan, Aerodrome

With Fokker D VII Aces of World War I (Part 2):
"I'll just start right off and say that both of these books should be on your World War I reading list... [Both] of these books have extensive color plates and descriptions of each of the markings. Also, there are many photos of the pilots and their airplanes, including some interesting cockpit shots of the crude instruments they used." -Rob Auer, Aerodrome

"...contains an extraordinary amount of first-person material including logbook entries for three aces... Additionally, Franks includes pilot reports by WWI and latter-day pilots, including Cecil Lewis' lively discussion of flying the Tripe... Four stars." -Barrett Tillman, Aerodrome