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Royal Aircraft Factory BE.8


Twin-Seat, Single-Engine Aircraft


United Kingdom | 1914



"The Royal Aircraft Factory BE.8 was not a success - fewer than 100 were produced during World War 1 with the line operated from 1914 until 1915."



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The Royal Aircraft Factory (RAF) BE.8 was a pre-World War 1 biplane aircraft without a truly defined role by the time the war arrived. As such, it was used in a variety of over-battlefield functions including general reconnaissance and light attack (and this only through hand-held weapons). The twin-seat, single-engine design appeared in 1912 and went on to see operational service in The Great War with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) of Britain - though in very limited numbers. Fewer than seventy examples are thought to have been produced and the line was operated during the war years only from May 1914 until the Spring of 1915, formally retired in 1916 - resulting in a rather forgettable career.

The design was quickly surpassed by more capable, defined-role types.

Its design was conventional, resulting in an equal-span, twin-bay biplane arrangement with the wing members seated over-under and supported through parallel struts neat the front of the fuselage. Some streamlining was seen at the fuselage proper and the nose contained the single engine installation. The tail utilized a basic single-finned configuration with low-set horizontal planes for the needed control. The undercarriage was fixed and of the usual "tail dragger" arrangement, this involving wheeled main landing gear legs under the forward mass, a tail skid, and a nose skid to prevent tip-overs.

The crew of two sat in open-air cockpits consistent with the time. Designed without armament of its own, the aircraft was defended by personal small arms carrier/managed by the crew. Additionally, a single 100lb could be carried and dropped on trench inhabitants or other targets of opportunity.

Dimensions included a running length of 27.4 feet, a wingspan of 37.7 feet, and a height of 9.3 feet.

Power was had from a Gnome 7 Lambda 7-cylinder, air-cooled rotary piston engine developing 80 horsepower and used to drive a twin-bladed, fixed-pitch propeller at the nose. Performance included a maximum speed of 70 miles-per-hour, a range of 1 hour, 30 minutes in the air, and a time-to-altitude of 3,000 feet in 10 minutes, 30 seconds.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Royal Aircraft Factory BE.8 Twin-Seat, Single-Engine Aircraft.
1 x Gnome 7 Lambda 7-cylinder air-cooled rotary piston engine developing 80 horsepower driving two-bladed wooden propeller (fixed pitch) at the nose.
Propulsion
68 mph
110 kph | 59 kts
Max Speed
9,843 ft
3,000 m | 2 miles
Service Ceiling
103 miles
165 km | 89 nm
Operational Range
300 ft/min
91 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
NYC
 
  LON
LON
 
  PAR
PAR
 
  BER
BER
 
  MOS
MOS
 
  TOK
TOK
 
  SYD
SYD
 
  LAX
LAX
 
  NYC
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Royal Aircraft Factory BE.8 Twin-Seat, Single-Engine Aircraft.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
27.4 ft
8.35 m
O/A Length
37.7 ft
(11.50 m)
O/A Width
9.4 ft
(2.85 m)
O/A Height
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Royal Aircraft Factory BE.8 Twin-Seat, Single-Engine Aircraft .
OPTIONAL:
Personal weapons carried by the pilot/observer. Also 100lb conventional drop bomb.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Royal Aircraft Factory BE.8 family line.
BE.8 - Base Series Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Royal Aircraft Factory BE.8. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 70 Units

Contractor(s): Royal Aircraft Factory - UK


[ Untied Kingdom ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 100mph
Lo: 50mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (68mph).

Graph Average of 75 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
70
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Mission Roles
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AIR-TO-AIR COMBAT
INTERCEPTION
GROUND ATTACK
RECONNAISSANCE
Recognition
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