Camouflage & Markings – Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe
Going back to an earlier war than my previous profile offerings, here is my collection of Snipes.
The Snipe entered service late in World War I as the RAF's new standard fighter, in preference to the Martinsyde Buzzard. They were painted in the standard finish of PC10, Khaki brown paint. Some were kept back in England for home defence as night fighters with toned-down markings and flare brackets under the wing tips.
After the war most that remained in service were repainted in silver (aluminium) dope though, for a time in the very early 1920's there were no fighter squadrons in the UK at all, some being based in the Middle East and India. By 1923 the fighter squadrons were being reformed in England, equipped with Snipes in their silver finish and painted with the bright, coloured squadron markings which became so well-known in the years up to 1938.