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Derived from the R.E.5 and specifically designed to carry a new 335 lb (152.4 kg) bomb, the underpowered R.E.7 was a disappointment. By March 1916, Trenchard declared the R.E.7 "useless," and it was relegated to a reconnaissance role and towing targets for aerial gunnery practice. The R.E.7 was withdrawn from service and replaced by the B.E.12 in the summer of 1916.
Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.7 Specifications
Country: Great Britain
Manufacturer: Royal Aircraft Factory
Type: Bomber
Entered Service: September 1915
Number Built: 250
Engine(s): RAF 4a, 150 hp 12 cylinder air cooled inline V
Wing Span: 57 ft (17.37 m)
Length: 31 ft 10.5 in (8.72 m)
Height: 12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)
Empty Weight:  
Gross Weight: 3,449 lb (1,564 kg)
Max Speed: 85 mph (137 km/h) at sea level
Ceiling: 6,500 ft (1,981 m)
Endurance: 6 hours
Crew: 2
Armament: 1 machine gun; 336 lb (152.4 kg) of bombs
Royal Flying Corps: 21
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