Wright Fighting Scout 1917

The Wright 'Fighting Scout' was the American version of the Albatros D.II

The Wright two-decker was the principle biplane fighter model used by the United States during the later part of the Great War. It was based on the German single deck Albatros fighter. Appearing in late 1916, the Wright was the US response to the Sopwith Pup which had been chewing up Martins all along the Canadian front. The Wrights had a good climb rate, and better manoeuvrability, but still weren't as fast as the Pups. The Wrights served as the principle front line fighter even after the war ended, becoming the first aircraft used on an American airplane carrier.

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