|First flight||7 Apr 1916 |
|Introduction||30 June 1916|
|Primary user||U.K. (RFC/RAF)|
|Number built||≥248 |
|Developed from||R.A.F. F.E.2b|
|Wingspan||14.6 m (47 ft 9 in) |
|Engine||250hp Rolls-Royce Eagle Mk.I, III, or IV vee [note 1]|
|Armament||1-2×front flexible Lewis [note 2]|
later, also 1-2×front fixed Lewis
|Ammo||10-15 drums of 47 or 97 rounds|
|Max Speed||148 km/h (92 mph)-151 km/h (94 mph) |
|Climb||910 m (3,000 ft) in 6:00|
1,500 m (5,000 ft) in 7:10
1,800 m (6,000 ft) in 14:30
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 18:20-32:30
|Ceiling||5,300 m (17,500 ft) |
In an attempt to improve the performance of the workhorse R.A.F. F.E.2b, a 250hp Rolls-Royce engine was mounted and the radiator was moved above and behind the pilot. This configuration was the R.A.F. F.E.2d. The extra power proved useful and the F.E.2d held its own as a fighter until the autumn of 1917, when it was retired to Home Defense.  Some forty made their way into training units, but such was the demand for the engines that it never saw wide use in this role.
Starting in early 1917 a fixed Lewis gun was added for the pilot's use. Sometimes twin pilot guns were added, a testament to the robust horsepower of the engine.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2.
Timeline [note 3]
|Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
|16Q4-18Q4||G||A or B/A or B||14||8||6|
Miniatures and Models
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