“Somewhere among the clouds above . . .”

Died 27 January 1989 (at age 101) – Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith, English aircraft designer and manufacturer whose creations included the legendary Sopwith Camel, one of the best allied fighters during WWI.

For most Americans, the Sopwith Camel is associated with Snoopy, the would-be pilot of “Peanuts” fame, since it was the aircraft which the bellicose beagle flew during his many fanciful and unsuccessful aerial combats with the Red Baron. I think that it would appropriate to refer to Snoopy as the “Sopwith Pup,” since that was actually the nickname of another plane developed by Thomas Sopwith.

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