Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Kingston Centenary Project–100 Years of Sopwith and Hawker Aviation

By Kimball Worcester

The talented team of Sir Tommy Sopwith, Fred Sigrist, and Harry Hawker contributed significant planes to the British effort in the Great War. Their superior designs and innovations contributed to aviation progress for decades afterwards, into the present day. The Sopwith factory at Kingston on Thames produced the stellar fighter airplanes we all know so well from the Great War: the Pup, the 1 1/2 Strutter, the Camel, the Snipe, the Dolphin, the Salamander, to name some of the most noteworthy. 

In celebration of the 1917–2017 centenary of this contribution to military aviation history, Kingston Aviation is presenting an exhibition on 9 and 10 September at the Great Richmond Road factory, Ham. For us Great War students they will be featuring the Snipe, Dolphin, and Salamander of the later war years. 

For more information see

In addition ~ please look into the daily newsletter researched and written by David Hassard at the Kingston Aviation Heritage Project

The newsletter is an exceptional, thorough, and detailed source for scholars of the Sopwith wartime production. David has been a great help in my research, and I urge you to sign up for his fascinating newsletter on the Kingston site.

1 comment:

  1. This looks like it would be of great interest to us Great War historian/enthusiasts. I have only had the pleasure of seeing one Great War aircraft up close and personal, I think it was a Spad, at Wright Patterson in Ohio some years ago. It's workmanship and attention to detail caught my eye. I've been a fan of jet age Hawker aircraft liking the Sea Hawk and Buccaneer. I've seen the piston WW II Sea Fury fly, well actually race...heavy iron that can really move.