R.A.F. R.E.7

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R.A.F. R.E.7
RAF R.E.7.jpg
Role Reconnaissance/Bomber
Manufacturer R.A.F.
Introduction late 1915 [1]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built ~250, with 58 to France [2]
Wingspan 17.4 m (57 ft) [3]
Engine 120hp Beardmore or
160hp Beardmore or
150hp RAF 4a
Armament makeshift Lewis mount (forward observer)
(sometimes)rear flexible Lewis
150 kg (336 lb) of bombs[3]

The R.A.F. R.E.7 was a development of the R.A.F. R.E.5. The landing skids were changed to the oleo undercarriage with a small nose wheel. Though it used the same 120hp engine as the R.E.5, there were hopes that the R.E.7 could carry a larger bomb load, a promise that could not be delivered until the more powerful 160hp Beardmore and 150hp RAF 4a were used. By the time it arrived at the front, the Fokker Eindeckers were making a stir, and attempts to provide the R.E.7 were only marginally successful since, like the R.A.F. B.E.2c, the observer sat in the front and had very constrained fields of fire. With the larger engines, it did find a niche as a bomber, carrying up to a 336lb bomb or a mix of smaller ones. The R.E.7 was used by No.21 Squadron RFC and part of No.12, but its career was fairly brief.

A few R.E.7s were converted to a three-seat configuration, with a new gunner added behind the pilot with a Lewis gun on a flexible mount. [1]

R.A.F. R.E.7[4]
1,500 m (5,000 ft)
1,800 m (6,000 ft)
3,000 m (10,000 ft)
Svc. CeilingEndurance
120hp Beardmore132 km/h (82 mph)30:35
160hp Beardmore146 km/h (91 mph)[4][5]13:25[4]16:40[4][5]31:50[4][5]
150hp R.A.F. 4a137 km/h (85 mph)[4][6][5]29:30[4][5]2,000 m (6,500 ft)[4][6][5] or 3,000 m (10,000 ft)[3]6:00[4][6][5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.7.

Game Data[edit]

Wings of Glory[edit]


Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
16Q1-16Q3 XD B 9 8 8


Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
16Q4-17Q1 Y B/B/B 11 8 8

Miniatures and Models[edit]

1:144 Scale[edit]

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale[edit]


Orthographic Drawings[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bruce'69, p.421.
  2. Lamberton, p.66.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Bruce'69, p.426.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Bruce'97, p.41.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Munson, p.55.
  • 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