PETER RYE COLLECTION
No. 11066. Sopwith Pup (VH-NHD c/n B1727) "Normie"
Photographed Langley Park Fly-in, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, October 15, 2011, by Peter Rye

Sopwith Pup

12/31/2011. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "After USAF Colonel Harold Schultz decided to build an exact replica of the Sopwith Pup, he started to collect original parts, including an 80 hp Le Rhône rotary engine. The collecting and the initial building took some 25 years, however, deteriorating eyesight forced Schultz to abandon the project, and handed it over to Bert Filippi of Australia.

The replica was finished by Fred Murrin over a five year period, and was given the color scheme and markings of the Sopwith Pup with RFC s/n B1727, that was named Normie after Second Lieutenant Norman Herford Dimmock who normally flew the B1727 on the western front. While flown by another pilot, B1727 crashed in France on October 28 1917. Dimmock kept the windshield and joystick, which he donated to Schultz many decades later.

As a tribute to Norman Herford Dimmock, the replica was registered VH-NHD, and was flown for the first time by Bert Filippi at Jandakot, near Perth Western Australia on March 4, 2010.



Created December 31, 2011