R.A.F. B.E.2a

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R.A.F. B.E.2a
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2 captured.jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer R.A.F.
Designer Geoffrey de Havilland
First flight late 1912 [1]
Introduction 13 Aug 1914 [2]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built ~15 [1][2]
Developed from R.A.F. B.E.2
Variants R.A.F. B.E.2b
Wingspan 11.3 m (37 ft) [3]
Engine 70hp Renault
Armament none, or 45 kg (100 lb) of bombs[3]
Crew 2
Max Speed 113 km/h (70 mph) [4][3]
Climb 910 m (3,000 ft) in 9:00
2,100 m (7,000 ft) in 35:00[4][3]
Service Ceiling 3,000 m (10,000 ft)[4][3]
Endurance 3:00 [4][3]

The R.A.F. B.E.2a was an improved B.E.2 with decking to protect the observer and cover the fuel tank and stronger struts. Both planes were good experimental vehicles for their time but unsuited realities of combat three years later in 1915. B.E.2a's served in France but also in the Dardanelles and Egypt. [1] They performed both reconnaissance and light bombing.[2]

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

References[edit]

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bruce'69, p.352.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lamberton, p.46.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Bruce'69, p.356.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.