Restored Sopwith 1B2 1½ Strutter flies in France

The Sopwith 1B2 1½ Strutter restored by the French association Memorial Flight made its first flights on Monday, April 30, according to the association’s blog, where several pictures of the flights can be seen

The two first flights were made with a crew of one then two members and lasted 25 minutes.

The aircraft was painted in the colours of an aircraft of the French Escadrille Sop 66, and wears an unusual but historically accurate paint scheme. It is currently the fourth preserved 1B2 in the world, and the only airworthy one.

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