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Royal Aircraft Factory A.E.3 Ė The Farnborough Ram

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 30 Dec 2015 17:10    Onderwerp: Royal Aircraft Factory A.E.3 Ė The Farnborough Ram Reageer met quote

There were a bewildering number of aircraft manufacturers in Britain during World War I but the Royal Aircraft Factory based at Farnborough was perhaps the most important. The Royal Aircraft Factory was barely two years old when war broke it in 1914, it was previously known as the Army Balloon Factory, but already was looking at using aircraft to wage war. Despite the fact that aircraft such as the factoryís own B.E.2 could barely lift a pilot and observer off the ground the factoryís designers had begun looking in to arming aircraft and in 1913 produced the A.E.1 (Armed Experimental 1).

The A.E.1 (later known as the F.E.3) was a pusher-biplane powered by a 100hp Chenu eight-cylinder liquid-cooled inline engine with a crew of two. The aircraft was armed with a Coventry Ordnance Works one pounder (37mm) in the forward fuselage for use against ground targets. However the airframe was found to be too fragile in the tail while its performance was less than stellar and with a Royal Flying Corps (RFC) still being led by generals who had never even flown in an aircraft it was seen as a step too far and the project was cancelled. As the war pressed on an ďA.E.2Ē was conceived in 1917 with tractor engines but this never saw the light of day.


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