|First flight||Oct 1915 |
|Introduction||1 July 1916  [note 1]|
|Primary user||U.K. (RFC/RAF)|
|Number built||182-297 [note 2]|
|Wingspan||9.60 m (31 ft 6 in) |
|Engine||100hp Gnome rotary or|
110hp Le Rhône rotary
|Armament||fixed forward Lewis|
|Ammo||5 drums of 47 or 97 rounds|
|Max Speed||151 km/h (94 mph) |
|Climb||3,000 ft (910 m) in 4:15|
6,500 ft (2,000 m) in 11:00
10,000 ft (3,000 m) in 17:15-17:30
|Service Ceiling||14,500 ft (4,400 m) |
|Endurance||2:30  to 4:00|
Before the invention and use of synchronizers, one of the best way of providing a stable, forward-firing machine gun was to mount it on a pusher. The R.A.F. F.E.8 was a single-seat pusher fighter in the same school as the Airco D.H.2. Though the prototype was complete in October 1915, it was not until August 1916 that the first F.E.8-equipped squadron arrived in France. The F.E.8 might have been a good match for the Fokker Eindeckers and early German biplane fighters, but by the autumn of 1916 it was to face the Albatros D.I and D.II, for which it was no match. Of the four squadrons using the F.E.8, most switched to other planes fairly quickly, but №41 Squadron kept its F.E.8s until July 1917. 
For more information, see Wikipedia:Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8.
Timeline [note 3]
|Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
Miniatures and Models
- Shapeways: Decapod
- Shapeways: Decapod
- Bruce'69, p.405.
- Angelucci, p.54.
- Lamberton, p.46.
- Lamberton, pp.214-215.
- Angelucci, p.43.
- Kelly, p.230.
- Bruce'69, p.407.
- Munson, p.21.
- Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
- Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
- J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
- Kevin Kelly, "Belts and Drums: A Survey of First World War Aircraft Ammunition Totals". Over the Front, Vol. 5, No. 3, Autumn 1990. Walsworth Publishing Co, Inc. and The League of World War I Aviation Historians.
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
- Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607
- Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2