Sopwith Camel

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Sopwith Camel
Sopwith Camel.png
Type Historical aircraft, Fighter aircraft
Configuration Biplane aircraft
Propulsion Propeller aircraft
Manufacturer Sopwith Aviation Company
  • AJ MacLeod
  • Vivian Meazza
  • Michael Selig (UIUC FDM)
--aircraft= sopwithCamel (alias for sopwithCamel-v1-nl-uiuc with a different model & colors)

Status Advanced production
 FDM Stars-5.png
 Systems Stars-5.png
 Cockpit Stars-5.png
 Model Stars-5.png
Supports Bombable
 Website The website for the Sopwith Camel developments.
 Repository The development repository of the Sopwith Camel.
Download Download the Sopwith Camel aircraft package for the current stable release (2020.3).
License GPLv2+

The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter introduced on the Western Front in 1917.

Aircraft help


  1. Press { and } once each--so that both L and R magneto switches are in center position.
  2. Hold the s key for several seconds until the engine catches.

Take Off

  1. Zoom the view out so you can see the edges of the runway with your peripheral vision. As you speed up, gently pull back on the stick - this

avoids the spin-out that otherwise happens around 40-45 MPH.

  1. As you lift off, about 45 MPH, be prepared to counter the torque of the engines with your ailerons.
  • The blip switch (b) disengages both magnetos and cuts power.
  • Engaging either R or L brake (via keyboard, joystick, or rudder/pedals) also engages the blip switch. Releasing the brake (or b key) releases

the blip switch.


  • Speed 55 MPH IAS
  • Throttle OPEN
  • Use the blip switch to control speed NOT throttle
  • blip switch ON/OFF as required
  • touchdown speed: 50-55 MPH IAS
  • stall speed 48 MPH IAS

Alternate JSBSim Camel

A JSBSim version of the Camel is also available, with advanced JSBSim Flight Dynamics Model based on extensive historical research, ground and water effects, crash and damage effects, historically accurate weapons capabilities, more extensive sound design, and more.

More information about and downloads for the JSBSim Sopwith Camel in the Flightgear Forums. JSBSim Sopwith Camel wiki page here.