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.
First flight mid[1] to late[2] 1915
Introduction early 1916[1]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built ~250, with 58 to France [3]
Wingspan 17.4 m (57 ft) [4][5]
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[4][5]
Max Speed see table
Climb see table
Ceiling see table
Endurance see table

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 №21 Squadron RFC and part of №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. [2]

R.A.F. R.E.7[6]
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)[6][7]13:25[6]16:40[6][7]31:50[6][7]
150hp R.A.F. 4a137 km/h (85 mph)[6][8][7][5]29:30[6][7]2,000 m (6,500 ft)[5][6][8][7] or 3,000 m (10,000 ft)[4]6:00[5][6][8][7]

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

Timeline [note 1]

Game Data

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


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

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale


Orthographic Drawings


  1. British usage numbers are approximate, derived from the squadron histories.[9]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Angelucci, p.76.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bruce'69, p.421.
  3. Lamberton, p.66.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Angelucci, p.68.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Bruce'69, p.426.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Bruce'97, p.41.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Munson, p.55.
  9. 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
  • 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. ISBN 9780900435027
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711
  • Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2