R.A.F. S.E.5

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R.A.F. S.E.5
RAF SE 5.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer R.A.F.
Designer H.P. Folland [1]
First flight Dec 1916 [1]
Introduction April 1917
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 5,205 [note 1]
Variants SE.5a
Wingspan 8.53 m (28 ft) [2]
Engine 150hp Hispano-Suiza vee-eight
Armament fixed, sync. Vickers and
Lewis on Foster mount[note 2]
Crew 1
Max Speed 193 km/h (120 mph) [1]
Climb 2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 8:00[1][2]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 14:10[1][2]
4,600 m (15,000 ft) in 29:30[1][2]
Service Ceiling 5,200 m (17,000 ft) [1][2]
Endurance 2:30 [1]

The R.A.F. S.E.5 was a plane built around an engine. The 150hp Hispano-Suiza vee-eight showed great promise in 1915 due to a high power-to-weight ratio, and the Royal Aircraft Factory set about developing a fighter to use it. The S.E.5 was also designed to be a fairly stable plane since so many British pilots of the period were under-trained and liable to have an edgy plane like the Sopwith Camel turn against them. The earliest S.E.5s featured wider, sharp-raked wings, but an early crash led to an adjustment in span and shape that was applied to all subsequent models. A gravity fuel tank set atop the upper wing slightly to port. Early planes had the pilot enclosed in a glass wrap-around "greenhouse", but later planes and field modifications replaced it with a simple windscreen.

№ 56 Squadron was the first to take the plane to France in April, 1917. The plane was found to have great strength. It would find greater fame when the engine was upgraded with the 200hp geared Hispano-Suiza in the R.A.F. S.E.5a.

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

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
17Q2-17Q3 B A or B 15 11 3
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  1. Combined SE.5 and SE.5a total.[1]
  2. This allowed the Lewis to be pulled back to a position of firing directly upward.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Updated card
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Bruce'69, p.445.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.