In the spring of 1917, Britain's most famous World War I fighter, the Sopwith Camel, made its debut. Shortly after deliveries to front-line squadrons of the Camel began, Sopwith designed a new single-seat fighter called the Snipe. The new airplane was simply intended to be a derivation of the Camel, with improved visibility for the pilot and gentler handling qualities. After nearly a year in development, the new fighter went into production in spring 1918. Highlighted in this image is the landing gear of the Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe.