Breguet U2

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Breguet U2
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Breguet
First flight 1913
Primary user France
Number built U.K. (RFC/RAF) [1]
Engine 110-130hp Canton-Unné
Armament none [note 1]
Max Speed 110 km/h (68 mph) [2]

The Breguet U2 was a pre-war biplane with thin, circular cross-section and a cruciform tail. One escadrille used them from August 1914 through November 1914, when they were replaced with Voisin 3s. They were flown only with "great apprehension".[3]

They served with No.2 and 4 Squadrons RFC (before going to France), where they were nicknamed the "Tin Whistle".[1]

Timeline [note 2]


  1. At least one machine carried a rearward-firing Hotchkiss MG.[1]
  2. Plane counts are approximate and based of escadrille usage in Davilla'97.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lamberton, p.98.
  2. Davilla, p.85.
  3. Davilla, p.85.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027