|First flight||1912 |
|Introduction||13 Aug 1914 |
|Primary user||U.K. (RFC/RAF)|
|Number built||22 [note 1]|
|Wingspan||12.0 m (39 ft 6 in) |
|Engine||80hp Gnome rotary|
|Armament||none or 45 kg (100 lb) of bombs|
|Max Speed||113 km/h (70 mph) |
|Climb||910 m (3,000 ft) in 10:30 |
|Service Ceiling||~3,000 m (10,000 ft)|
The R.A.F. B.E.8 was one of the rare R.A.F. pre-war planes with a rotary tractor engine. It was nicknamed "The Bloater", perhaps due to its large cowling. Small-scale production was undertaken and only a handful were sent with units to France to fill out the rolls, where they survived only a short time before replacement. Most B.E.8s instead ended up as trainers in 1914-1915.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.8.
- Plus 38 BE8a trainers.
- Bruce'69, p.373.
- Lamberton, p.52.
- Lamberton, pp.214-215.
- Bruce'69, p.376.
- Munson, p.55.
- 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.
- Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607