Sopwith Pup

Awell-proportioned single-seater with delightful handling qualities, the Sopwith Pup was a “pilot’s aeroplane”, loved and remembered with fondness by all who flew it. Formally called the Sopwith Scout by
the Royal Flying Corps and t he Type 9901 by the Royal Naval Air Service, the Pup acquired its familiar name because it gave the appearance of being a diminutive offspring of Sopwith’s larger two-seal 11/2 Strutter.
The Pup entered service on the Western Front in the summer of 1916, proving, useful match for its German counterparts in aerial dogfights. Normally armed with a single forward-firing Vickers machine gun, it performed well at high altitude and showed tremendous manoeuvrability, turning on a proverbial sixpence.
As well as serving on the Western Front, Pups were operated from warships and pioneered various aspects of aircraft carrier operations. Indeed, on 2 August 1917 a Pup made the first aeroplane landing on the flight deck of a moving ship.
The Pup also undertook home defence when Britain came under attack from German airships and bomber aircraft; it could mount
eight Le Prieur unguided rocket projectiles for anti-airship operations.
From the end of 1917, when the Pup became outdated for combat in France, it mostly equipped training units.