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 By the time it entered service, the F.E.8 biplane pusher was already outdated but remained in use for almost a year.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
Royal Aircraft Factory
Gnome Monosoupape 9-cylinder, air-cooled rotary, 100 hp