|Designer||H.P. Folland |
|First flight||Dec 1916 |
|Primary user||U.K. (RFC/RAF)|
|Number built||5,205 [note 1]|
|Wingspan||8.53 m (28 ft) |
|Engine||150hp Hispano-Suiza vee-eight|
|Armament||fixed, sync. Vickers and|
Lewis on Foster mount[note 2]
|Max Speed||193 km/h (120 mph) |
|Climb||2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 8:00|
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 14:10
4,600 m (15,000 ft) in 29:30
|Service Ceiling||5,200 m (17,000 ft) |
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.
Wings of Glory
|Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
|17Q2-17Q3||B||A or B||15||11||3|
Miniatures and Models
- Shapeways: Decapod
- Combined SE.5 and SE.5a total.
- This allowed the Lewis to be pulled back to a position of firing directly upward.
- Updated card
- Bruce'69, p.445.
- Lamberton, pp.214-215.