's poor payload, occupied the front seat, where he had a limited field of fire for his gun. Bruce has commented that during this time, compared with their contemporaries, the early B.E.2s demonstrated a high standard of serviceability and reliability: as borne out by the squadrons' maintenance records. TVAL has also built several airworthy reproductions including c and f models, two of which are currently in the UK on loan to the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust, and a BE.12. Large databases covering many countries. At the outbreak of war these early B.E.2s formed part of the equipment of the first three squadrons of the RFC to be sent to France. Like many warplanes since, the B.E.2 was retained in front line service after it had become obsolete, for want of a suitable replacement. Other minor modifications were made over the following weeks: the undercarriage wheels were moved back 12 in (30.4 cm), the wings (which originally had no dihedral), were re-rigged to have 1° dihedral, and the propeller was cut down in an attempt to increase the engine speed. Daylight raids by heavier-than-air bombers were also planned.[50]. After withdrawal […] From 1917 onwards, the B.E.2 was mostly withdrawn from both the front line and night fighter use. A B.E.2a in France, 1915 - note "pre-roundel" markings. Ailerons were used on later models. The wings were of unequal span: upper wingspan was 36 ft 71⁄2 in and lower 34 ft111⁄2 in[4] They were used to spot in support of naval bombardments, as well as being occasionally used to directly bomb ships and other targets. Busk intended to provide an inherently stable aeroplane. On later machines, the fin was enlarged to reduce the aircraft's tendency to swing on take-off and to improve spin recovery.[25]. The ultimate manufacturing type in the ill-starred B.E.2 series, the B.E.2e, was a minimal faster and it was finer on the controls than its forerunners, however wasn’t any serious advancement. [23], After the first few aircraft, production machines were powered by a development of the Renault engine, the RAF 1a, and the twin skid undercarriage was replaced by a plain "V" undercarriage. The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 is a single-engine two-seat reconaissance and bomber biplane aircraft produced by the British manufacturer Royal Aircraft Factory used by the Royal Flying Corps during World War I. [19], Early production aircraft had unequal span wings, similar to those fitted on the B.E.1, and at first there was no decking between the pilot and observer's seats, although this was added later. 3,500 were manufactured in all. It was built around the new 150 hp (112 kW) Hispano-Suiza 8aV8 engine that, while providing excellent performance, was initially under-developed and unreliable. Gerdessen, Frits. BE.2C, No. Both aircraft were two-bay tractor biplanes with low-dihedral parallel-chord unstaggered wings with rounded ends, using wing warping for roll control. Both were reinterred in Struma military cemetery. It first flew on 1 February 1912, again with de Havilland as the test pilot. The production was cancelled, and Boddington was killed the following year in an air crash during filming of the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection, List of aircraft of the Royal Flying Corps, "R.F.C Inquiry Committee:Interim Report. Otherwise identical to the "c" variant it had full controls in the front cockpit. In this awkward position his view was poor, and the degree to which he could handle a camera (or, later, a gun) was hampered by the struts and wires supporting the centre section of the top wing. [35], In the absence of any official policy regarding armament, more aggressive crews improvised their own.