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Updated: 25 Mar 05

Full Official Name: BE2c

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History

Around 1916 the previous obsolete and cast-off aircraft types which equipped the Home Defence Squadrons gradually disappeared to be replaced by a reasonably modern but unsuitable design aircraft. The BE2c was selected as the standard for home-defence fighter. Airframe and engine were designed and built by the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough and produced large-scale, as it was a government-owned establishment.

Design

The specification had been laid down to produce a safe military airplane inherently stable and free of difficult handling characteristics. The BE2c exceeded this requirement and delivered a platform so stable it could not manoeuvre rapidly against enemy aircraft. This made in unsuitable for front-line operation. In Lincolnshire and other areas this was irrelevant and the stability lent itself to night flying and training.

However the performance issues of the engine and the high-drag airframe performance mediocre with the aircraft usually flown solo with the front cockpit covered. Even with this modification the aircraft was incapable of reaching Zeppelin cruising altitude; if if did the raider had usually had enough time to deliver its payload and depart, even before it had been sighted.

Engines

RAF 1a engine, an air-cooled V-8 based closely on pre-war Renault

Armaments

 

Performance

Problems with the RAF 1a engine included overheating, particularly during climb to intercept. Pilots could seldom make use of the unit's nominal 90 hp for fear of overheating and engine failure. They had to run the engines on rich mixtures, throttle back, and climb only at the speed and angle best suited for cooling.

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Who operated what?
Armstrong Whitworth :: Battle :: BE2c :: Beaufighter :: Blenheim :: Camel :: Canberra :: DH4 ::DH6 :: DH9 :: Fawn :: Halifax :: Hampden :: Hart :: Hind :: Hurricane :: Hyderabad :: Lancaster :: Lightning :: Lincoln :: Manchester :: Mosquito :: NIMROD :: Phantom :: RE8 :: SENTINEL :: SENTRY :: Spitfire :: Stirling :: Tornado :: Valiant :: VC-10 :: Vulcan :: Washington :: Wellington

 

Why the BE2c was chosen for the Home Defence Sqns

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