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A back-staggered single-seat scout, the Sopwith Dolphin provided the pilot with excellent visibility from the cockpit. Though he never flew it, Cecil Lewis thought "the Dolphin was about the best layout ever designed." With 20 victories, American Francis Gillet scored more victories with the Sopwith Dolphin than any other ace.
 
Sopwith Dolphin Specifications
Country: Great Britain
Manufacturer: Sopwith Aviation Company
Type: Fighter
First Introduced: 1918
Number Built: 1532
Engine(s): Hispano-Suiza 8E, liquid cooled, 200 hp
Wing Span: [9.90 m]
Length: [6.78 m]
Height: [2.59 m]
Empty Weight: [665 kg]
Gross Weight: [907 kg]
Max Speed: [206 km/h]
Ceiling: [6400 m]
Endurance:
Crew: 1
Armament: 2 Vickers machine guns
2 Lewis machine guns
 
Sopwith Dolphin Units
Royal Flying Corps: 19, 23, 79, 85, 87
 
Sopwith Dolphin Aces (27)
11 England Gardner, Cecil Vernon 10
12 Canada Del'Haye, Roger Amedee 9
13 England Hardman, James Donald Innes 9
14 England Biziou, Henry Arthur Richard 8
15 England Leacroft, John 8
16 Canada Ray, Lewis Hector 7
17 England White, Harold Albert 7
18 Canada De Pencier, John Dartnell 6
19 England Hustings, Norman William 6
20 England Aldridge, John Arthur 5
 
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