Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.5

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name=Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.5

type=Reconnaissance and artillery observation biplane
manufacturer=Royal Aircraft Factory
first flight=1914
primary user=Royal Flying Corps
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number built=24
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variants with their own articles=Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.7
The Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.5 was a British two-seat reconnaissance and artillery observation biplane designed and built by the Royal Aircraft Factory for the Royal Flying Corps.


The R.E.5 was designed as a reconniassance biplane using the experience of earlier R.E. series aircraft. It was a two-bay equal-span biplane with a fixed tailskid landing gear, with the wheels supported on skids and powered by a nose-mounted 120hp (89kW) Austro-Daimler engine driving a four-bladed propeller. The aircraft had two open cockpits with the observer/gunner in the forward cockpit under the upper wing and the pilot aft. The larger more capable Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.7 was a further development of the design. One modified single-seat high altitude aircraft was built with extended-span upper wings.

Operational history

Only 24 aircraft were built and half served in France with the Royal Flying Corps during the middle of 1915 with the rest being used by training units.


*Royal Flying Corps
**No. 2 Squadron RFC
**No. 6 Squadron RFC
**No. 7 Squadron RFC
**No. 12 Squadron RFC
**No. 16 Squadron RFC
**No. 19 Squadron RFC


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armament1=3 x 20lb (9kg) bombs

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*List of aircraft of the Royal Flying Corps


*cite book |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title= The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985)|year= |publisher= Orbis Publishing|location= |issn=|pages=2820
* [ British Aircraft Directory]

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