The Ministry of Defence has today confirmed it is reviving production of the Sopwith Camel, and returning it to active service in the RAF. The famed First World War era biplane was originally retired in 1920, shortly before its manufacturer Sopwith Aviation shut down.
The move to revive the plane almost 100 years after it last saw active combat is thought to be a direct ‘screw you’ to aviation firm Airbus, in response to their threats to leave the UK following a no deal Brexit. A spokesman for the MoD told The Liberator:
“The British people voted for Brexit in order to take back control. That means two things: blue passports, and good old British manufacturing. We don’t need Airbus and their fancy modern avionics, they can do one. All we need for a good effective fighting force is some typical British grit and know-how.”
“The Sopwith Camel is more than capable of holding its own against any modern craft, even the F-35 stealth fighter, so we’re pleased to bring it back into service. And of course it goes without saying that all production will be UK based, which we anticipate will make up the expected job losses if they (Airbus) leave – we’ll see who’s laughing then.”
It is unclear at this stage whether the craft will be armed with modern munitions or its original Vickers machine guns, but production for new Camels is expected to begin in 2019.