VAN A. SWINDELLE COLLECTION
No. 7829. Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin (C3786) Royal Flying Corps
Photographed from Sopwith, taken at Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, UK, 1917
Aeroplane Photo Supply (APS
) Photo No. 316 via Michael Brannin & Craig Simpson
05/31/2008. The last of four Dolphin prototypes was tested by the well-known Captain William 'Billy' Bishop at the General Headquarters of the RFC in France in the Spring of 1917. The flying results of the prototypes resulted in the largest order to date by the Ministry of Munitions. Under contract A.S.17137 of June 29, 1917, 500 aircraft (s/n C3777 to C4276) were ordered from Sopwith, the first aircraft was delivered in the Fall of 1917. In all 2,150 Dolphins were ordered from Sopwith, Darracq, and Hooper; eventually 1,532 aircraft were delivered before production ceased.
Created May 31, 2008