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Old 18 March 2024, 10:39 AM   #1
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Arrow The RAF B.E.9…

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… a really rare bird.

This is another relaively unknown aircraft. The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.9 dates back to those times, when firing forward was something exclusively reserved for pusher aircraft. The French had a similar approach to this problem: the SPAD S.A series. But that is another story…

https://imgur.com/a/QLblKgH
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_..._Factory_B.E.9
https://flyingmachines.ru/Site2/Crafts/Craft29782.htm

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Old 18 March 2024, 03:07 PM   #2
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Thank heavens only one was built!
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Old 18 March 2024, 04:55 PM   #3
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B.E.9 serial 1700. This aircraft was sent for operational testing in France_ September 1915, Cap.jpg

B.E.9 serial 1700. sent for operational testing in France_ September 1915, Capt Robin Rowell tes.jpg

Yes, indeed Volker. The story goes that B.E.9 serial 1700 was sent for operational testing in France .In September 1915, Capt. Robin Rowell test flew this, and later said he was happy it was crashed
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Old 20 March 2024, 01:03 PM   #5
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Talking Test pilots vs. frontline pilots...

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"The Pulpit, as it almost inevitably became known, was presented for final inspection on 14 August and taken up for a brief first flight later the same day, with Frank Goodden at the controls. It was passed to the Central Flying School for service trials, their official report finding the design 'excellent', the stability 'very good', and the speed only slightly reduced from that of the B.E.2c. Communication between the crew was regarded as 'difficult' (which was something of an understatement considering that they were separated by the engine and propeller), and the report recommended that dual controls should be provided. Although finding a route for the necessary cables must have taxed the designers' ingenuity to the full, these were installed before the B.E.9 was flown to St Omer on 11 September so that it could be tested by crews from operational squadrons, Nos 6, 8 and 16 being among those selected.

Front-line pilots seem to have been almost unanimous in their condemnation of the machine. Lord Douglas of Kirtleside (then Lt Sholto Douglas) took it on a reconnaissance patrol over the lines on 26 October. He considered it 'ugly' and 'sluggish but very stable', and commented that his observer was, at best, 'lonely' in his little plywood box. Trenchard, then commanding the RFC in France, was equally unimpressed, and reported: 'this type of aeroplane cannot be recommended'..."

Reports from two different worlds, it seems...

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