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Before the invention and use of synchronizers, one of the best way of providing a stable, forward-firing machine gun was to mount it on a pusher. The R.A.F. F.E.8 was a single-seat pusher fighter in the same school as the Airco D.H.2. Though the prototype was complete in October 1915, it was not until August 1916 that the first F.E.8-equipped squadron arrived in France. The FE.8 might have been a good match for the Fokker Eindeckers and early German biplane fighters, but by the autumn of 1916 it was to face the Albatros D.I and D.II, for which it was no match. Of the four squadrons using the F.E.8, most switched to other planes fairly quickly, but No.41 Squadron kept its F.E.8s until July 1917. [1]

R.A.F. F.E.8
Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8.jpg
Role Fighter/General Purpose
Manufacturer R.A.F.
Designer J. Kenworthy
First flight Oct 1915 [1]
Introduction 1 July 1916 [1] [note 1]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 182-297 [note 2]
Wingspan 9.60 m (31 ft 6 in) [3]
Engine 100hp Gnome rotary or
110hp Le Rhône rotary
Armament fixed forward Lewis
Crew 2
Max Speed 151 km/h (94 mph) [4][5][3]
Climb 910 m (3,000 ft) in 4:15[4]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 11:00[4][3]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 17:15[4]-17:30[3]
Service Ceiling 4,400 m (14,500 ft) [4][5][3]
Endurance 2:30 [4] to 4:00[5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8.

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
16Q2-17Q3 R B 13 10 5
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Notes
  1. The first unit fully equipped with FE8s was No. 40 in August 1916.[2]
  2. 297 were ordered, but only 182 were delivered to the RFC, of which 147 went to France, two to Home Defense, and the rest to training.[1]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Updated card
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bruce'69, p.405.
  2. Lamberton, p.46.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Bruce'69, p.407.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.21.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • W.M.Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman. Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607