Snoopy's "Sopwith Camel" Restoration

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Snoopy's "Sopwith Camel" Restoration

Postby Sven » Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:43 pm

It's actually a replica of the Nieuport 28 flown in WWI but this plane has a very interesting history and is presently undergoing restoration in Santa Rosa, California (KSTS).

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100115/ARTICLES/100119611/1349?p=1&tc=pg
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Re: Snoopy's "Sopwith Camel" Restoration

Postby Laminar » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:58 am

The article says it has a rotary engine. Can this be true? I didn't think there were any left, outside of museums.

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Re: Snoopy's "Sopwith Camel" Restoration

Postby Sven » Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:03 pm

Our airport newsletter has a longer article with a lot of pictures. Click on this link and download the PDF for October 2009 and in the middle you'll find the article. It says nothing about the engine so I'll have to hunt this guy down and see for myself.
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Re: Snoopy's "Sopwith Camel" Restoration

Postby flyboy_su27 » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:54 pm

We have both Sopwiths and Nieuports flying in NZ with Rotary engines. It's great to see 'storied' aircraft getting restored - it's always that touch more special than a replica.

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Re: Snoopy's "Sopwith Camel" Restoration

Postby Steph » Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:05 pm

Actually there are lots of companies who restore old radial/rotary engines. There are even companies who produce new ones like this one for example http://www.rotecradialengines.com/

As far as my limited knowledge goes; the Nieuports 28 were powered by a Gnome Rhone 9 cilinder engine of about 160 HP, so I am a bit surprised to read that this plane as a 7 cilinder engine. Maybe this one was constructed with a Gnome 7 cilinder Monosoupape or equivalent (like the German Oberursel which is basically the same engine)
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Re: Snoopy's "Sopwith Camel" Restoration

Postby flyboy_su27 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:17 pm

Yip - there are still quite a few rotaries flying, as mentioned in the latest episode. Thought I'd share a few (scaled down)images of the local ones. I can't remember off the top of my head whether or not the Fokkers are actually using rotaries - though they did traditionally do so. The camel definitely is and, unfortunately, no images of the Nieuport could be found in any folder :(. I've also included a shot of the beautiful Radial from the Avro 504K.

Here is a very interesting article on the reproduction of a rotary http://thevintageaviator.co.nz/projects/oberursel-engine/oberursel-ur-ii-rotary-engine-build-history
+ Video of it actually running http://thevintageaviator.co.nz/projects/oberursel-engine/urii-action

Oh, and on a side note, we now have a Albatros D.V.A in our airspace as well.

Enjoy:

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f147/Hamurabi/P1020847-1.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f147/Hamurabi/DSC00485.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f147/Hamurabi/P1020825.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f147/Hamurabi/P1020834.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f147/Hamurabi/P1020848.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f147/Hamurabi/P1020857.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f147/Hamurabi/DSC00494.jpg

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Re: Snoopy's "Sopwith Camel" Restoration

Postby DaveA » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:27 am

Brent's Nieuport/Garland Lincoln Special, N12237, has a good ol' 220 hp Continental W670 radial engine, just like in the majority of Stearmans built. It's not a rotary, but it is a 7 cylinder radial. A typical WW1 vintage rotary would have been way too temperamental for the demands of movie photography etc. which became this airplane's job soon after it's construction.
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