R.A.F. B.E.12

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R.A.F. B.E.12
Role Fighter
Manufacturer R.A.F.
Introduction 1 July 1916 [1]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 468 [note 1]
Developed from BE.2c
Variants BE.12b
Wingspan 11.3 m (37 ft) [3]
Engine 150hp RAF 4a
Armament fixed, sync. Vickers and
(sometimes)1-2 Lewis
Crew 1
Max Speed 164 km/h (102 mph) [2][4][3]
Climb 910 m (3,000 ft) in 5:50[2][3]
1,800 m (6,000 ft) in 14:00[2][3]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 33:00[2]
Service Ceiling 3,800 m (12,500 ft) [2][4][3]
Endurance 3:00 [2][4]

When the Fokker monoplanes began to take a toll on slow, stable British two-seaters, the Air Board inexplicably turned to a slow, stable two-seater as an answer, by taking a R.A.F. B.E.2c and installing a more powerful engine, removing the observer's seat, and installing a synchronized Vickers as the R.A.F. B.E.12. Some planes featured an additional Lewis gun or two on the sides. It arrived in small numbers starting in July 1916 and No. 21 Squadron was fully equipped with the type, arriving in late August.

The adding a larger engine did not miraculously turn the B.E. into a nimble fighter, and the B.E.12 -- hopeless as a fighter -- was quickly retired from "fighter duties" in September 1916 and used as a light bomber. On the Western Front it served in that role until it could be replaced by more modern two-seaters. On less demanding fronts it served until late 1917. [1]

It saw some modest success in the Near East and Macedonia, and on 17 June 1917 a BE12 from Home Defense shot down Zeppelin L.48.[5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.12.

Game Data

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
16Q3-17Q1 K B or B/B 14 9 5

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:200 Scale


  1. Combined BE.12 and BE.12a total. 130 to France; 67 to the Middle East; 101 to Home Defense; 170 to training.[2]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Bruce'69, p.380.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Bruce'69, p.386.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Munson, p.30.
  5. Lamberton, p.30.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607