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FS2004/FSX Sopwith Triplane Black Maria texture. The Sopwith Triplane was a British single seat fighter aircraft designed and manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company during the First World War. Pilots nicknamed it the Tripehound or simply the Tripe. The Triplane became operational with the Royal Naval Air Service in early 1917 and was immediately successful. This texture is representative of "Black Maria", flown by Raymond Collishaw. He is recorded as the second highest scoring British ace of WWI. Collishaw flew three separate Sopwith Triplanes, all called Black Maria - N5384, N5492, and N533. This is the second airframe, N5492, a single gunned Triplane with the black markings Collishaw's unit bore as a distinquishing characteristic. By Mark Powell.