Sopwith Snipe, c 1918.
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A descendant of the earlier Sopwith Camel, this World War 1 fighter plane was designed by Herbert Smith. The Snipe had a better rate of climb than the Camel, and was considered easier to fly than its predecesor by pilots. By 1918 the Snipe was regarded as the best Allied fighter operating on the Western front. After the war, the Snipe was the main RAF fighter aircraft until 1923, and was not withdrawn from service until 1927.