Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.8


Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.8

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The Royal Aircraft Factory BE.8 was a British two-seat scout biplane designed by the Royal Aircraft Factory.

Development

The BE.8 was the last of the Bleriot Experimental types to be designed with a rotary engine. A conventional 1910s biplane with a fixed tailskid landing gear. It also had a pair of skids mounted forward to prevent the aircraft nosing over on rough ground. Three prototypes were built at Farnborough with a single long cockpit for both crew members. The production aircraft had two separate cockpits and where built by sub-contractors. An improved BE.8a in 1915 had new wings the wing warping replaced by ailerons and a revised tail unit.

Operational history

The aircraft entered service with the Royal Flying Corps and a small number served in France between 1914 and 1915 but most were used by training units.

Variants

;BE.8:Production aircraft with wing warping.;BE.8a:Production aircraft with ailerons.

Operators

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*Royal Flying Corps
**No. 1 Squadron RFC
**No. 2 Squadron RFC
**No. 3 Squadron RFC
**No. 5 Squadron RFC
**No. 6 Squadron RFC
**No. 9 Squadron RFC

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*List of aircraft of the Royal Flying Corps

References

* "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft" (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2819


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