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Artifact no.
1967.0688.001
Model
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2C
Manufacturer
British & Colonial Aeroplanes Co.
Manufacturer Location
Bristol, England
Manufactured Date
Before 1920
Context Technical
Early B.E. 2s saw service with the Royal Flying Corps from 1912 onwards. The B.E. 2c operated in France, mainly for reconnaissance and military observation, although some were single-seat bombers. Single-seat B.E. 2c night fighters downed six airships over Britain. The B.E. 2d was a 2c with different fuel system. Modified wings of the B.E. 2 increased speed but not manoeuvrability. Withdrawn from action in 1917, many continued as trainers until the war’s end. In all, 3 260 B.E. 2s were built. A B.E. 2 became the first British aircraft to fly across the Channel and land in France after the outbreak of First World War. All models of the B.E. 2 had such great stability that they could nearly fly themselves during reconnaissance and artillery observation missions. While an easy target in the air over France, the B.E. 2c’s stability contributed to its success as a single-seat home-defence fighter against German airships in night raids over England.
Number of Parts
3
Serial Number
663
Artifact Missing
From CA of 02/09/1999 by Mike Irvin: Yes - no, see condition report,and engine #701482
Group 1
Aviation
Category 1
Aircraft
Material
metal->;wood->;resin->rubber;fibre