"In July 1917, the Sopwith Camel entered the fray of World War I aerial combat. Developed by the British as a replace-ment for the Sopwith Pup, the Camel was an extremely agile and maneuverable airplane. With its two Vickers machine guns, it outgunned the Pup and provided a measure of insurance against losing a fight due to a jammed gun. The humped fairing that covered the machine guns gave the Camel its name. In less than two years of service, the Camel finished the war with 1,294 victories on its tally sheet.