R.A.F. B.E.12b

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R.A.F. B.E.12b
Role Fighter
Manufacturer R.A.F.
Introduction Dec 1917[1]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built ≥115 [note 1]-150[3]
Developed from R.A.F. B.E.12
Wingspan 11.3 m (37 ft) [4]
Engine 200hp Hispano-Suiza vee
Armament 2×top-wing Lewis

The R.A.F. B.E.12b was a B.E.12 adapted especially for Home Defense use. A potent 200hp Hispano-Suiza engine was mounted, lights were added, and a pair of Lewis machine guns were mounted to the top wing, where the muzzle flash would not blind the pilot at night.

Though over a hundred BE.12b's were built, only thirty-six were sent to Home Defense squadrons and three to training units.[2] At a time when there was a shortage of engines for more capable R.A.F. S.E.5a's, one might question their use in a less-capable aircraft.

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

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Notes
  1. Only thirty-six were sent to Home Defense.[2]
  2. British usage numbers are approximate, derived from the squadron histories.[1]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bruce'69, p.385.
  3. Lamberton, p.30.
  4. Lamberton, pp.214-215.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • J.M. Bruce. Windsock Datafile 66: RAF BE12/a/b. Great Britain: Albatros Productions Ltd., 1997. ISBN 0-948414-98-7
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2