|Location||Country||Original/Replica||Engine||Details||Airworthy||Flying||Rated||Aircraft Number||Type||Owners Name||Builder||Video Links||Picture Links||Other Links/References||More info|
|Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton||England, UK||Replica||Rotary||G-AWYY Good condition. They have rotary engines there at Yeovilton. Built by Slingsby in 1969 for film work, became N1917H in 1971 (Flying Circus, Bealeton, VA) then reverted to G-AWYY in 1976. With Leisure Sport for a while then stored at Lands End before going to the FAAM in 1985. Currently stored in the Cobham Hall reserve collection.||Yes||No||6/10||B6401||F.1||Slingsby||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG82Ce41Jbc||http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/1/9/4/1429491.jpg
|Brooklands Museum||England, UK||Replica||Rotary - 130hp Clerget||G-BFCZ (cn WA2) Once-airworthy replica of the famous Sopwith Camel, built by Westward Airways in 1977. Formerly displayed at Thorpe Park and Duxford. Now periodically performs engine runs here at the super Brooklands museum||Yes||No||9/10||B7270||F.1||Westward Airways||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT9wtDNiKaI
|Evergreen Aviation Musuem, Oregon||United States||Replica||Rotary - Gnome 160hp 9N||Touching story of the build of this Camel. Started in 1989 by the late John Rinaldi, then finished by his son Ron after his passing. Built using techniques of the period (WW1). Attention to detail, and build quality is absolutely amazing. Engine is a very nice 160hp Gnome 9N.||Yes||No||9/10||F.1||John and Don Rinaldi||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLN1XMkrA94&feature=related||http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/0/9/5/0807590.jpg
|Aeroplane Collection, Paso Robles, CA||United States||Replica||Rotary - 160hp Gnome||This Sopwith Camel was built by Dick Day in 1972. For many years it was featured at Rhinebecks weekly airshow, flying with an 80hp Le Rhone rotary engine. It was acquired by the Airplane Collection in 1990. Antiqu Aero eventually replaced it's engine with a 160hp Gnome rotary. This aircraft is finished as the aircraft flown by 50 victory Canadian ace Billy Barker, VC, DSO (bar), MC (2bars) 1894-1930.||Yes||Yes||9/10||F.1||Javier Arrango||Dick Day||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ethdg1yFnZA&feature=related||http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/3/4/3/1055343.jpg
|Aeroplane Collection, Paso Robles, CA||United States||Genuine||Rotary - 110hp Le Rhone||Serial No. B6291, Reg. No. G-ASOP , N629JA
This is the only well documented original flyable Camel and only remaining one that was built by Sopwith. (All others were built by subcontractors at other factories.)
Camel is complete with documented history placing it in an operational squadron on the western front during WW1 (No. 10 Squadron).
Restored to flying status in 1989 by British Aerospace Company in the same factory, Kingston on Thames, where it was originally constructed in 1917.
This is the only Camel to have its original data plate. This 88-year old Camel is claimed to be unmatched in condition and in historical importance by any Camel in the world today. The airframe and the 110 hp LeRhone engine were carefully overhauled and test flown. All work was professionally documented.
Recent independent appraisals of this Camel show a high appraised value of $2.8 million and a low of $1.6 million. Previously owned by Al Lechter 702-723-1214.
|Yes||Yes||9/10||B6291||F.1||Javier Arrango||Sopwith Aviation Company||http://www.robbreportcollection.com/Articles/Aviation/asset_upload_file470_5993.jpg||http://www.vintageaviation.net/Original%20Sopwith%20Camel.htm
|On September 21, 1917, Letcher’s Camel (serial number B6291) was
delivered to the Aeroplane Depot Dunkerque and handed over to No. 10 Naval,
the renowned Royal Navy’s frontline fighter squadron based in Droglandt,
France. On September 28, after two days on the front lines, B6291
crash-landed. Its pilot, Flight Sub-Lieutenant C.E. Bramhall, was injured but
survived the crash. The Camel was shipped back to England for repairs, but
then on June 7, 1918, the plane crashed on takeoff, and 2nd Lt. J.B. Risk was
slightly wounded. Little more than a month later, 2nd Lt. G.V. Straker was
seriously injured when he spun B6291 into the ground. On August 16, 1918,
with three crashes in its logbook, Sopwith Camel B6291 was struck off charge
The story, according to Let-cher, is that two former Royal Flying Corps pilots purchased B6291 for 5 pounds. “But they couldn’t afford to get it into flying condition, and it eventually ended up in a barn in Lincolnshire, where it stayed for several decades,” Letcher says. (Click image to enlarge)
In the 1960s, aviation enthusiasts rediscovered B6291 and began a 30-year odyssey that took the plane from a moldy crate and transformed the Camel to a museum-quality World War I relic. Rebuilt by AJD Engineering of Milden in Suffolk, B6291 is, according to Letcher, the most authentic Camel in existence, from its low-octane, castor oil–loving 110-hp LeRone radial engine to the two operable .303 Vickers machine guns.
Shipped to the United States in a multi-aircraft transaction, B6291 now sits in a Mojave, Calif., hangar, awaiting a new owner with $900,000 and an interest in aviation history. “It deserves a good home with someone who can appreciate what an amazing piece of history it has,” says Letcher. “Sure, you can fly it, but one of the greatest pleasures in owning it is to sit in the cockpit and take yourself back 85 years.”
Letcher Helicopters, 661.945.1856
|Hood Aerodrome, Masterton||New Zealand||Replica||Rotary - 160hp Gnome||ZK-JMU This aircraft is an authentic full-scale reproduction
built by Gerry Thornhill and Carl Swanson, completed in June 1985. It was
imported to New Zealand in 1997 by film maker Peter Jackson and features a
number of original components, including a 160 hp Gnome rotary engine, wicker
seat and instruments. The aircraft is painted as B3889 (coded B1) as used by
Blenheim-born Capt Clive Collett of 70 Squadron RFC. This was the second of
four Camels in which Collett was successful in combat and he achieved five of
his twelve aerial victories flying it between August 13 and 25, 1918. The
four were B3756, B3889, B6234, and B2341. (Omaka aerodrome is adjacent to
Blenheim). Credited with being the first ace to achieve a victory while
flying a Sopwith Camel, Collett went on to achieve a score of 12 downed enemy
aircraft. Unfortunately, before the war's end, he was killed in a flying
accident while testing a captured German aircraft (Albatros) in Scotland.
This Camel made its public debut at the Classic Fighters Air Show at Omaka during Easter 2001 where it spectacularly shed its cowling in mid-display. Masterful flying by American pilot Gene de Marco saw it successfully return to earth.
Registered as a Gerald Thornhill TS 1 (Sopwith Camel Replica)
|Hendon, RAF Museum||England, UK||Genuine||Rotary||F6314 / B Genuine original Sopwith Camel, built in 1918. Purchased after the First World War by ex-Camel pilot Grenville O Manton. Heavily modified by Manton, including the fitting of a low-powered engine and revised wings/cowling. Manton flew the aircraft only a few times, and a few years later it was taken on by a new owner in Wales, and towed there on its own wheels, behind his Fiat car! After many temporary displays, finally restored and preserved at the RAF Museum Hendon since 1971.||Yes||No||10/10||F6314||F.1||http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/8/3/8/1368838.jpg
|Stampe and Vertongen Museum, Antwerp||Belgium||Replica||Rotary - 80hp Gnome||N2257J / 7 (cn CS006) Based at the Stampe & Vertongen Museum, this airworthy replica is powered by a 80 HP Gnome rotary engine. Built to represent a naval variant of the iconic Sopwith Camel, she was originally painted in an RAF scheme. Now finished in Belgian AF markings.||Yes||No||8/10||F.1||Carl Swanson||http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/4/6/4/1338464.jpg
|Montrose Air Station Museum||Scotland, UK||Static||None||B5577 (cn BAPC.59) The aircraft carries spurious markings. The
exhaust stub for this replica is said to have been made from a baked bean
Built by RAF Colerne. Preserved at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre. On loan from National Museum of Flight East Fortune. Image taken from a slide.
|National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL||United States||Replica||Rotary||A5658 This is a genuine original British-built Sopwith Camel.
After World War I the Americans brought six Camels to the United States. They
were used for early ship-launch trials, with a temporary platform constructed
on top of the forward gun turrets of battleships. This example served on the
USS Texas (hence the titles). Preserved at the National Museum of Naval
Aviation at Pensacola, FL.
This aircraft, BUNO A5658, is on loan to National Museum of NAVAL AVIATION from Howard Wells of Sepulveda, California
Spoke with Jim Kiger, who claims that this Camel is not genuine and in fact built by Carl Swanson with a Steel Frame. He knows this because he knew Carl Swanson well.
|Brno - Turany||Czech Republic||Replica||n/a||OK-NUL 36 / B 7270 New accessor of Flying Circus members from Hradec Kralove. Replica of Sopwith Camel B7270 in marking of Captain Arthur Roy Browns Camel from No. 209 Squadron RAF||Yes||Yes||3/10||B7270||F.1||http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/9/1/0/1398019.jpg|
|Cosford, RAF Museum||England, UK||Static||n/a||9206M / F6314This is similar to the one referenced as Montrose Air Station. They are the same type of strange variant of Camel||No||No||2/10||F6314||F.1||http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/9/8/2/1007289.jpg
|Canadian Museum of Flight||Canada||Static||None||The Museum’s example is a full size static display replica of the famous single seat fighter, built from original plans. It was built in 1985 in the Museum’s workshop employing aircraft mechanic apprentices under an Employment Development grant. Original construction methods were duplicated wherever possible, with exception of non-aircraft grade wood, Dacron fabric finish, and the fibreglass engine cowling. The engine is a clever mockup of a rotary engine.||No||No||2/10||B6289||F.1||http://www.canadianflight.org/files/col_16d.jpg
|Bianchi Aviation Film Services, Doncaster/Sheffield||England, UK||Replica||Radial - Warner Scarab 165||G-BPOB / N8997 / F542 (cn TM-10) Owned by Bianchi Aviation Film
Services. Built in 1973 by Tallmantz Aviation.
Replica built by Herber Troutman, Costa Mesa, CA; current: Blue Max Movie Aircraft Museum, UK
|Yes||Yes||7/10||N8997 / B2458||F.1||Herber Troutman||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3-idVjBKr4||http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/5/4/4/0864445.jpg
|Imperial War Museum||England, UK||Genuine||Rotary||N6812 This is not only an original Sopwith Camel, but it is the ACTUAL aircraft flown by Lt Stuart D Culley during World War I. He is the most famous Camel pilot, most notably for his fearlessly brave flight on 11th August 1918. In this aircraft he took off from a 5ft flight deck of a wooded platform towed behind the naval destroyer HMS Redoubt, then climbed to over 18,000ft (taking an hour) to shoot down and destroy the German Zeppelin L.53 airship. Notice the machine guns on top of the upper wing.||No||No||8/10||N6812||2F1||http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/8/3/9/0484938.jpg
|Wright Airforce Base||United States||Replica||Rotary||USAF Museum. This Camel was built in 1974 by USAF personnel with original factory drawings. 5490 Camels were built to make it the most succesful fighter of WWI. Painted and maked as flown by Lt. Vaughn, 17th Aero Squadron.||Yes||No||8/10||F6034||F.1||USAF||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH6mz18nKdU||http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/3/8/8/0351883.jpg
|Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome||United States||Replica||Rotary - 160hp Gnome 9N||N7157Q / B6299/B (cn 1990) Flying replica. Sopwith Camel at Old
Rhinebeck Aerodrome (USA) reg.# B6299 it's a replica built in 1990 by Cole Jh
|Canadian Aviation Museum, Ottawa||Canada||Genuine||Rotary||N8156 Built in 1918 and refurbished to fly in 1966. Now preserved at the National Aviation Museum.||Yes||No||10/10||N8156||2F1||Hooper & Company Ltd||http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/0/5/3/0295350.jpg
|Polish Aviation Museum, Krakow||Poland||Genuine||Rotary||No wings. No Fabric. Currently being restored||No||No||2/10||B7280||F.1||Clayton and Shuttleworth||http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/1/5/9/0065951.jpg|
|Daytona Beach, FL||United States||Replica||Radial - 165hp Warner Super Scarab||N62103, frequents airshows in Florida||Yes||Yes||9/10||N62103||F.1||Tim Plunkett||Rolland Carlson Boyd||http://www.abpic.co.uk/images/images/1130762F.jpg|
|Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Dallas Texas||United States||Replica||Rotary - 150 Gnome||Does not fly because they don’t have anyone qualified to fly it. The Sopwith Camel on display is a full scale flying replica built by Dick Day from original World War I factory drawings. The aircraft is fitted with original instruments, machine guns and an original Gnome rotary engine (something very rare in replicas). It is painted in the scheme of the World War I flying ace Captain Arthur Roy Brown, a Canadian flying with the Royal Air Force. Captain Brown is credited by many with shooting down Baron von Richthofen (The Red Baron). Captain Brown had 11 victories at the time of his disputed triumph and became ill shortly thereafter. He was hospitalized in England for ulcers and remained there throughout the war.||Yes||No||8/10||N86678 / B7270||F.1||Cavanaugh Flight Museum||Dick Day||http://www.airport-data.com/images/aircrafts/large/151/151457.jpg
|The Museum of Flight, Seattle WA||United States||Replica||Radial - 185 Warner Scarab||NX6330. (Champlin Museums old plane) The Museum's flyable
reproduction was acquired from Jim and Zona Appleby's Antique Aero Limited in
1979. This aircraft is powered by a Warner 185-horsepower radial engine and
armed with two .303 Vickers machine guns.
Records show James S Appleby as the builder, and it initially had a 165 Series Warner Super Scarab engine.
|Royal Army and Military History Museum , Brussels||Belgium||Genuine||Rotary - 150 Bentley||Sopwith F1 Camel B5747 of Aviation militaire Belge was built by Clayton and Shuttleworth like another survivor (B7280 in Poland). It has been restored by Bierset AFB, including recovering.||No||No||6/10||B5747||F.1||Clayton and Shuttleworth||http://www.abpic.co.uk/images/images/1100496F.jpg|
|Luftfahrt Museum, Laartzen||Germany||Static||None||Fake Static Replica||No||No||2/10||B7220||F.1||M. Pflumm||http://www.abpic.co.uk/images/images/1114424F.jpg|
|Aerospace Education Center, Little Rock||United States||Genuine||Rotary - LeRhone 110hp 9J||N6254 / A1171 Photograph No:
0873/3 from the collection of Johnnie Johnson
A framed black and white photograph of Sopwith Camel N6254. This aircraft has spent most of its life in the USA and owned by the Arkansas Aviation Historical Society. This framed photograph shows Johnnie Johnson flying it but where and when is not known because there are no notes to indicate provenance. If you know, please tell us
ex Jarrett/Aeroflex was at USMC Museum Quantico
Sold at Auction on May29 1968 for Sales price: $40,000; to J. Williams Middendorf II (to NASM)
Aircraft is in the colors of American pilot Field Kindley
|Shuttleworth- Old Warden||England, UK||Replica||Rotary - 130hp Clerget||Currently being built from scratch.||No||No||0/10||F.1||Northern Aeroplane Workshops||http://www.sim-outhouse.com/sohforums/attachment.php?attachmentid=61306&d=1226253414||http://www.sim-outhouse.com/sohforums/showthread.php?p=33143|