R.A.F. R.E.5

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R.A.F. R.E.5
RAF R.E.5i.jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer R.A.F.
First flight ~March 1914 [1]
Introduction Sept 1914
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 24 [1][2]
Wingspan 13.6 m (44 ft 6 in) [3]
Engine 120hp Austro-Daimler or Beardmore
Armament 3×9.1 kg (20 lb) bombs
Crew 2
Max Speed 126 km/h (78 mph) [4][3][5][6]
Climb 1,800 m (6,000 ft) in 14:40 [4][3]

A series of stable reconnaissance planes in the R.E. class (Reconnaissance Experimental) preceded the R.A.F. R.E.5, but the R.E.5 was the first production series. As was common at the time, the observer occupied the front cockpit. Twin skids helped to prevent tip-over during landing. Six were sent to reinforce No. 2 Squadron in September 1914 and more followed in small batches. No further orders followed the original twenty-four planes, and the type was gradually phased out over 1915, with only two still serving in September. [1] It was strong and easy to fly, but difficult to land on small airfields.[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.5.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bruce'69, p.418.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lamberton, p.54.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bruce'69, p.421.
  5. Munson, p.55.
  6. Bruce'97, p.40.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • J.M. Bruce, Windsock Datafile 62: RAF RE5/7. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1997. ISBN 0-948414-94-4
  • 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