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I think those are Sopwith Tabloids. The Baby was a floatplane, based on the Schneider, which in turn was a floatplane version of the Tabloid (source - 'Sopwith - the man and his aircraft', Harleyford, 1970, which was produced with the co-operation of T.O.M Sopwith and I'd assume is accurate; it has a 3-view scale drawing and some photos of all the Sopwiths including the Baby).

 

See also here:

 

http://www.ctie.mona...e/sopwith3.html

 

PS the lower photo in the linked Aeroplane article is in the above book; it's captioned as being the prototype Tabloid 2-seater (side-by-side seating presumably) which Harry Hawker took to Australia in 1914.

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One of the giveaways, as I remember, is that the Tabloid has the small tail and usually the "sparrow's beak" nose. The baby has the horseshoe cowl and the big two-tier tail.

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One of the giveaways, as I remember, is that the Tabloid has the small tail and usually the "sparrow's beak" nose. The baby has the horseshoe cowl and the big two-tier tail.

 

The early Sopwith Tabloid was a wing warper and would have been outclassed by the aileron equipped bipes of 1915-16

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