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***Circa 1917: World War 1 Sopwith triplane single seater scout. Pilots nicknamed it the Tripehound or simply the Tripe.The Triplane was initially powered by the 110 hp Clerget 9Z nine -Cylinder Rotary engine. The company was founded in Kingston upon Thames by Thomas Octave Murdoch (Tommy, later Sir Thomas) Sopwith. Sopwith was only 24 years old when he founded the Company