The Royal Aircraft Factory BE (British Experimental) 2 was first built in 1912; in all, five models were eventually developed. The BE-2c entered service in January 1915 and had an improved and larger engine, and included modifications to improve its stability. It was a superb reconnaissance aircraft; however, designed at a time when aerial combat had not been envisaged, it was no match for the purpose-built fighter aircraft that began appearing in 1915. The aircraft became known as "Fokker Fodder", owing to the high casualties inflicted by the German Fokker monoplane fighter. In Australian service, the BE-2c was flown by 1 Squadron AFC in Egypt and Palestine, and it was, in fact, the first aircraft with which the squadron was equipped. Despite its vulnerability, it remained in service with the squadron through most of 1917.


Type:   Biplane reconnaissance aircraft/light bomber
Entered service:   1915
Crew:   2
Wing span:   11.28 m
Length:   8.3 m
Weight (laden):   971 kg
Ceiling:   3,048 m
Endurance:   3.25 hrs
Speed:   132 km/h
Armament:   1 x .303-in Lewis machine-gun
101 kg of bombs

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