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Designed by the Farnborough team, headed by John Kenworth, an unarmed F.E.8 prototype took to the air for the first time on 15 October 1915. The following month, in service trials at the Central Flying School at Upavon, the F.E.8 was found to be stable, manoeuvrable and easy to land. Although the first six F.E.8s entered service in early August 1916, production problems kept British squadrons on the Western Front from receiving the new fighter until October 1916. By the time it entered service, the F.E.8 biplane pusher was already outdated but remained in use for almost a year.
 
Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8 Specifications
Country: Great Britain
Manufacturer: Royal Aircraft Factory
Type: Fighter
First Introduced: August 1916
Number Built: 295
Two Engine: Gnome Monosoupape 9-cylinder, air-cooled rotary, 100 hp
Wing Span: 31 ft 6 in (9.6 m)
Length: 23 ft 8 in (7.21 m)
Height: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Empty Weight:  
Gross Weight: 1,346 lb (610.5 kg)
Max Speed: 94 mph (151 km/h) at sea level
Ceiling: 14,500 ft (4,420 m)
Endurance: 2½ hours
Crew: 1
Armament: 1 machine gun
Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8 Aces (2)
1 England Benbow, Edwin Louis 8
2 England Powell, Frederick James 7
 
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