This aircraft is one of the classics of World War I. It was one of the most succesful types and very popular with the pilots at the time.
This mainly because of it's - for that time - extremely good performance. In comparison with other types of that period it was not easy to fly. A total of 5.490 units was built.
The Sopwith Camel was also used by the Belgian Air Force in the 1st Squadron in which Jan Olieslagers - one of Belgium's air aces - flew.
In 2004, the aircraft on display at the museum was repainted by the volunteers in a colour scheme used by this famous Belgian Squadron. This aircraft is not in flying condition.