Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 Technical Specifications
Service Year: 1916
Type: Reconnaissance Aircraft / Light Bomber
National Origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer(s): Royal Aircraft Factory / Siddeley-Deasy - UK
Production Total: 4,077
Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)
Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 27.89 feet (8.5 meters)
Overall Width: 42.65 feet (13.00 meters)
Overall Height: 11.48 feet (3.50 meters)
Weight (Empty): 1,808 lb (820 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 2,866 lb (1,300 kg)
Installed Power and Standard Day Performance
Propulsion: 1 x Royal Aircraft Factory 4a V12 air-cooled engine developing 140 horsepower.
Maximum Speed: 103 mph (166 kph; 90 knots)
Maximum Range: 217 miles (350 km)
Service Ceiling: 13,501 feet (4,115 meters; 2.56 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 300 feet-per-minute (91 m/min)
Armament / Mission Payload
1 x 7.7mm Vickers machine gun in fixed, forward-firing position.
1 OR 2 x 7.7mm Lewis machine gun on trainable mounting in rear cockpit.
Up to 225lbs of bombs.
Global Operators / Customers
Australia; Belgium; Estonia; Soviet Union; United Kingdom
Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
R.E.8 - Base Series Designation; initial production models; fitted with RAF 4a engine of 140 horsepower.
R.E.8a - Single conversion of R.E.8 model fitted with Hispano-Suiza engine of 200 horsepower.
R.E.9 - Two modified R.E.8 examples; revised equal-span wing assemblies; enlarged tail rudder for improved control.