R.A.F. B.E.2e

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R.A.F. B.E.2e
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Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer R.A.F.
Introduction summer 1916 [1][2]
Primary users RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Number built 1801 [2]
Developed from R.A.F. B.E.2d
Wingspan 12.4 m (40 ft 9 in) [3]
Engine 90hp RAF 1a V-8
Armament restricted-arc Lewis MG
45 kg (100 lb) of bombs[3]
Crew 2
Max Speed 129 km/h (80 mph)[4] to
145 km/h (90 mph) [5][6][3]
Climb 1,800 m (6,000 ft) in 20:30
2,400 m (8,000 ft) in 32:40
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 53:00 [5][6][3]
Service Ceiling 2,700 m (9,000 ft) [5][6][3] to
3,000 m (10,000 ft)[4]
Endurance 4:00 [5][4][6]

The Royal Aircraft Factory's B.E. series were fine observation planes for the needs of 1914: stable, slow, and forgiving. But those same qualities became liabilities in later warfare when speed and maneuverability were important. Self-defense was problematic because the BEs stuck with the pre-war arrangement of having the pilot in the rear seat, leaving the observer -- if he had a gun at all -- in the difficult position of trying to fire at an angle past the propeller or over the pilot's head against rear attack. By the rise of the Albatros fighters in late 1916 and early 1917, the B.E.'s were helpless and fell in large numbers, a frequent target during "Bloody April".

The R.A.F. B.E.2e featured unequal single-bay wings with the large overhung top wings braced from king-posts. It had dual controls, an enlarged fin, and the 90hp RAF 1a V-8 engine. The observer has a Lewis gun in the forward-angle fire position; he could also move that gun to the rail between himself and the pilot.

Large numbers of BE.2e's were built, including some R.A.F. B.E.2c and 2d models that were upgraded to the newer model. It served with the RFC and the RNAS in most theatres, lasting on the Western Front until they could be replaced with the R.A.F. R.E.8 or the Armstrong-Whitworth F.K.8. Some were sent to Russia. After active service, many found new life as trainers. [1]

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

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
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16Q4-17Q3 XB -/B 13 7 7

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Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Bruce'69, p.364.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lamberton, p.50.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Munson, p.54.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Bruce'69, p.370.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Bruce'89, p.28.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • J.M. Bruce, Windsock Datafile 14: RAF BE2e. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1989. ISBN 0-948414-18-9
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711