Good Rapid Prototype Service photographs

A handful of nice rapid prototype service pictures I found:

Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe
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Image by cliff1066™
In the spring of 1917, Britain’s most well-known Very first World War fighter, the Sopwith Camel, made its debut. Shortly after deliveries to front-line squadrons of the Camel started, Sopwith made a new single-seat fighter called the Snipe. The new airplane was merely intended to be a derivation of the Camel, with improved visibility for the pilot, and gentler handling qualities, far more reminiscent of the earlier Sopwith Pup. It was not a radically diverse aircraft. Also in the spring of 1917, Britain’s Air Board issued general specifications for future military aircraft designs. During the testing of six Snipe prototypes in the summer season of 1917, modifications were made to bring the new Sopwith design in line with the Air Board’s specifications. The most notable alter was the expansion of the biplane wing cell to two bays rather of the common single-bay configuration. By early 1918, the Air Board issued yet one more set of aircraft specifications, referred to as Sort I-Single-seat fighter (higher altitude). The Snipe and three other new styles, the Austin Triplane, the Boulton &amp Paul Bobolink, and the Nieuport B.N.1, all intended to be powered by the new Bentley B.R.two rotary engine, competed in Kind I acceptance trials in February 1918. The four aircraft have been judged to be usually similar in efficiency, and none was deemed especially impressive. The Snipe was ultimately chosen since it was believed the least undesirable all round, and due to the fact it incorporated many normal Sopwith components and its structural design was the least radical-features that improved its potential for rapid production and deployment. Right after nearly a year in development, the new fighter went into production in spring 1918, and the very first examples arrived in squadron service on August 30 of that year.…

St Michael’s Church, Ōhaeawai
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Image by Archives New Zealand
St Michael’s Anglican Church close to Ōhaeawai occupies portion of the internet site of the pā aorund which the battle of Ōhaeawai was fought in the winter of 1845. Kawiti’s garrison of approximately 100 warriors withstood a week-extended bombardment from the British just before inflicting heavy casualties on their attackers on 1 July 1845.

Ōhaeawai, the prototype of the ‘modern pā’, was a significant advance in the Māori response to new weaponry. The use of firing and communication trenches gave the occupants maximum protection although enabling fast movement within the pā. Anti-artillery bunkers (rua) had been set into the ground and covered with logs, stones and matted flax. Every could home 15–20 warriors in relative safety.

The church was built by regional Māori as a symbol of peace and a tribute to Pākehā who had died in battle on the website in 1845. It was devoted by Bishop Cowie on 21 April 1871.

Heta Te Haara (, subsequently obtained permission to re-inter the British soldiers killed at Ōhaewai in the churchyard. A burial service was accordingly carried out on 1 July 1872 and a memorial cross erected. The cross bears a dedicatory inscription in Māori, but no names (the names of the 47 dead interred at the web site are listed inside the church).

A framed account of the battle and a plan of the pā presented by the New Zealand Army on the church’s centenary in 1971 are also on display in the church. A brass plaque set into a boulder inside the churchyard gate commemorates the battle, the creating of peace, the laying out of the cemetery and the construction of the church. This was unveiled on 1 July 1995.

This image was taken by T.Hann in 1978, and comes from a collection of National Publicity Studios prints.

Archives Reference: AAQT 6539 W3537 Box 6/ R9947

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