R.A.F. S.E.2a

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R.A.F. S.E.2a
RAF SE2a001a.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer R.A.F.
First flight 1913
Introduction Oct 1914 [1]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 1
Wingspan 8.38 m (27 ft 6 in) [2]
Engine 80hp Gnome rotary
Armament small arms
Crew 1
Max Speed 154 km/h (96 mph) [1][2]

The R.A.F. S.E.2a was a one-off experimental machine built in 1913. It was not sent to France immediately, but in October 1914 it joined № 3 Squadron at Moyenneville, where it lasted until March 1915. Its pilots were impressed, saying "Its speed enabled it to circle round the enemy's machines and gave it a decided ascendancy." [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.2.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bruce'69, p.440.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  • 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.