Paint Scheme: Royal Naval Air Service, Flight Sub-Lieutenant Redpath
Year Completed: 2004
First Flight: Spring 2005
Plan set used: Replicraft Plans – Modified Steel Fuselage
Engine Type: Continental W670 9A
This aircraft is somewhat of a rarity amongst WWI replicas in that it represents a two-seat fighter/observation aircraft. It is interesting that the main role of aircraft in the Great War was for observation, and yet the vast majority of replicas built today represent single seat fighters. The Strutter is constructed with a steel fuselage, but externally conforms to original dimensions. The standard position for the rear seat is facing rearward so as to allow the gunner to operate the Scarff ring mounted Lewis gun, but can also be turned around to allow for a more conventional forward facing seating position. Already popular for film work due to its second seat this aircraft significantly increases the ability of the museum to replicate scenes from World War One. It is currently painted to represent the colours of Strutter 9739 as flown by Flight Sub-Lt. R.F. Redpath of the Royal Naval Air Service.