Sopwith Camel goes aloft for 'First World War in the Air' at RAF Museum in London

Posted on on 04 October 2014
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A Sopwith Camel fighter plane has been hoisted into place at the RAF Museum in London in readiness for the forthcoming 'First World War in the Air' exhibition.

The Sopwith Camel entered service on the Western Front in June 1917 and rapidly established its reputation as Britain's most iconic plane of the war. 

Centenary News was invited to the Hendon site on October 2nd 2014 to watch the RAF Museum's Camel being suspended from the roof of the hall where the Centenary exhibition is taking shape.

It's paired with a Fokker D.V11 as if engaged in a 'dogfight' with its former German adversary.

The aircraft will be among 14 planes displayed in the Museum's historic Graheme-White factory, as part of an exhibition exploring the 'often overlooked' story of air power in the First World War.

'The First World War in the Air' will also draw on documents, film, and photographs - many on public show for the first time - to tell how control of the skies became a vital part of military operations.

The exhibition will be spread across the RAF Museum's sites at Hendon in Northwest London, and Cosford in the West Midlands. You can discover more about it here.

Source: RAF Museum

Images: Peter Alhadeff, Centenary News

Posted by: Peter Alhadeff, Centenary News