Lesson #182: The Sopwith Camel

Autobiographical note: This will rank right up there with the ceiling wax/sealing wax post as regards complete lack of in depth thought.

One thing I’m enjoying about being back in the States after years abroad is Jeopardy. After having spent the entirety of the last school year watching University Challenge, which makes me feel like a dullard, Jeopardy makes me feel like a freaking genius. No joke. After University Challenge, Jeopardy is cake.

Most of the time.

Today, Jeopardy taught me that the Sopwith Camel is an actual thing. Who knew? I always just thought it was the name of Snoopy’s plane.* My friend who lives in the Texas capital mocked me (deservedly) for this.

The Sopwith Camel is actually a type of plane. It was an agile British bi-plane introduced on the western front in 1917 and was responsible for shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft.  By February 1918, eight months after its introduction, 13 British Squadrons were equipped with Camels. Sopwith, incidentally, was a British aviation company that began in 1912 and was defunct by 1920.**

*Stop laughing. I’m not well versed in World War I era planes. Besides, if there were one at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, I’d have known this well before now.

**More information here (this one has a picture!) and here.

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