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Sopwith Dove - A sporting biplane with fighter forebears, by Philip Jarrett

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With the ending of the First World War the Sopwith Aviation Company was quick to produce aeroplanes aimed at the perceived new market for civil aviation. One of its first offerings was the Dove, a sporting two-seat biplane said to be based on the much-loved Pup fighter of 1916 but actually having more in common with the later Snipe.

The author’s detailed history of this previously poorly-recorded type, of which only a few were built, includes the unique single-seater which Bert Hinkler planned to fly to Australia, the Doves exported to Canada, Australia and Sweden, and the reproduction Dove now to be based with the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden.

A fine set of scale drawings by Mick Davis rounds off this monograph, which is profusely illustrated and features many hitherto unpublished photographs.

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