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Sopwith 1½ Strutter to fly 1,100 miles to EAA AirVenture 2019
August 14, 2018...KipAero announces plans to fly the new production, full-scale, Sopwith 1½ Strutter fitted with a new production Gnome Monosoupape rotary engine from Dallas, Texas to Whitman Field for EAA AirVenture 2019 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin – a little over 1,100 miles.
The journey will be flown in 100 mile to 200 mile increments up to two segments flown daily depending on conditions. As a tail dragger, the Sopwith 1½ Strutter requires a grass strip and for overnight stops, a hanger for protection. Along the way, a ground crew will be following the plane supplied with fuel, castor oil, tools, spares plus their camping equipment.
For those EAA Chapters along the route from Dallas to Oshkosh or aviation enthusiasts that would like to host the Sopwith and crew, please go to KipAero website under “Contact Us” and complete the form including your airport code. For Facebook users, there is a sign-up form on KipAero’s wall as well. “We will need a landing site every 100 miles so we will be prepared for anything that might happen – mainly weather issues" states Lankenau. Planning will commence in January 2019 while the Strutter will be working on its’ forty hour flight requirement for FAA certification.
Before then, the Great War aeroplane will be covered in the original Irish linen, doped, and painted. Test flying will commence allowing the pilot, Kip Lankenau, to familiarize himself with the Strutter’s flying characteristics.

As a division of Kip Motor Company, KipAero was formed to focus on the expanding line of products and services for the vintage aircraft market. From early magneto and distributor caps to authentic WWI airplanes – in kit form or fully assembled – KipAero specializes in authentic reproductions for the original experience.
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