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Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5

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Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5

Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5s preparing for takeoff

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R.A.F. S.E.5

  • Nation: Great Britain
  • Manufacturer: Royal Aircraft Factory
  • Designer: Henry Folland, J. Kenworthy, Major F.W.Goodden
  • Dates of Service: 1917-1918
  • Number Built: 5,265
  • Speed: 138 mph
  • Range: 300 miles
  • Ceiling: 17,000 feet
  • Wingspan: 26 feet, 7 inches
  • Engine: 1 x Hispano-Suiza 8a V8, 150hp
  • Armament: 1 x 0.303 in (7.7 mm) forward-firing Vickers machine gun, 1 x .303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis gun
  • Notes: Entering service in mid-1917, the S.E.5 proved to be a highly effective fighter. As fast as the SPAD S.XIII, the S.E.5 proved easier to fly than the more maneuverable Sopwith Camel. Together with the Camel and SPAD S.XIII, the S.E.5 aided the Allies in retaking control of the skies in 1917 and 1918.

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