Development

Sopwith’s 1916 design pioneered the triplane fighter

By the summer of 1915, Allied aircrew reports from war-torn France were noting a new enemy fighting aircraft fitted with a revolutionary weapon: a fixed machine gun firing forward through its propeller arc. With this armament the Fokker E.III ‘Eindecker’ enjoyed a notorious period of success: the so-called ‘Fokker scourge’.

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