The R.A.F. B.E.2a was an improved B.E.2 with decking to protect the observer and cover the fuel tank and stronger struts. Both planes were good experimental vehicles for their time but unsuited realities of combat three years later in 1915. B.E.2a's served in France but also in the Dardanelles and Egypt.  They performed both reconnaissance and light bombing.
|Designer||Geoffrey de Havilland|
|First flight||late 1912 |
|Introduction||13 Aug 1914 |
|Primary user||U.K. (RFC/RAF)|
|Number built||~15 |
|Developed from||R.A.F. B.E.2|
|Wingspan||11.3 m (37 ft) |
|Armament||none, or 45 kg (100 lb) of bombs|
|Max Speed||113 km/h (70 mph) |
|Climb||910 m (3,000 ft) in 9:00|
2,100 m (7,000 ft) in 35:00
|Service Ceiling||3,000 m (10,000 ft)|
For more information, see Wikipedia:Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2.
- Bruce'69, p.352.
- Lamberton, p.46.
- Lamberton, pp.214-215.
- Bruce'69, p.356.