ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY B.E.12. 12A AND 12B

scale model aircraft of the Royal Aircraft Factory BE12_12a_and_12b

Royal Aircraft Factory BE12, 12a & 12b

The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.12 was a British single-seat aeroplane of The First World War designed at the Royal Aircraft Factory. It was essentially a single-seat version of the B.E.2. The B.E.12 was pressed into service as a fighter, in which role it proved disastrously inadequate, mainly due to its very poor manoeuvrability.

The B.E.12 was essentially a B.E.2c with the front (observer’s) cockpit replaced by a large fuel tank, powered by the new 150 hp RAF 4a air cooled V12 engine.

The B.E.12a variant flew for the first time in February 1916 and had the modified wings of the B.E.2e. It was rather more manoeuvrable than the B.E.12 but was otherwise little improved.

The B.E.12b used the B.E.2c airframe but had the 200 hp Hispano-Suiza engine. It was intended as a night fighter and carried wing mounted Lewis guns in place of the synchronised Vickers.

scale model aircraft of the Royal Aircraft Factory BE12_12a_and_12b
Scratch Build using Balsa Wood
Royal Aircraft Factory BE12_12a_and_12b
Royal Aircraft Factory BE12_12a_and_12b_extra-info

ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY B.E.12
Introduced: 1912
Number Built: 600
Length: 8.31m
Wingspan: 11.28m
Engine: RAF 4a V-12 150hp
Top Speed: 164 Km/hr

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