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    First Flight Airdrome Aeroplanes Sopwith Tabloid

    On June 23d, 2012, Harvey Cleveland masterfully piloted our Airdrome Tabloid on its first flight.

    The plane flew great! It is powered by a Valley Engineering 115HP 2332cc VW with a 2.47:1 Reduction drive swinging a 90" propeller. Empty Weight 791pounds. Wing span 26'. Gross Weight ~1320pounds.

    This is a two seat side by side aircraft that represents a 1913-1915 Sopwith Tabloid. It is offered as a kit from Airdrome Aeroplanes and can be built in one of three variants: 1) Sopwith Tabloid (race/sport plane) 2) Sopwith Schneider (WWI Naval Scout aircraft) 3) Sopwith Baby (WWI Scout aircraft).

    http://www.airdromeaeroplanes.com/














    Our aircraft is painted to represent a Royal Naval Air Service 1915 Sopwith SS3 variant of the Tabloid.


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    a few more pictures:





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    And some photos of the original we are representing...
    SS3 1205 on Tenedos in 1915






    and our little representation:





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    Congrats Rob!! That is fantastic news! This picture is just pure joy to look at...

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    Here is a video of the first flight


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    Great looking plane. It sure takes off in a short distance.
    May I suggest that the steep nose up climb out after takeoff may not be a good idea. Without flying speed you are really relying on the engine , which is not an standard aviation one. If it should quit when the nose is high and the airspeed low, you could quickly be in a stall/spin before you could get the nose down to gain flying/gliding speed.

    By the way, I have never flown such a plane and don't know speeds for it or anything specific.

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