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Fokker Fodder : The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c

Fokker Fodder : The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c

Publisher : Fonthill Media
SKU: 9781781550656
R 475,00
R 403,75
The full story of the aeroplane that formed the backbone of the RFC during World War 1. It was outclassed by the Fokker Eindecker and its defenceless crews quickly became known as 'Fokker Fodder'. Piloted by German aces such as Immelmann and Boelcke, Fokkers made short work of the B.E.2c in the aerial bloodbath coined as the 'Fokker scourge'
Designed as the benchmark against which competitors in the 1912 Military Aeroplane Competition were judged, the B.E.2 outperformed them all and was put into production becoming the most numerous single type in Royal Flying Corps service. The B.E.2c, a later variant, was designed to be inherently stable and was nicknamed the 'Quirk' by its pilots. Intended mainly for reconnaissance, it was hopelessly outclassed by the Fokker Eindecker fighter and its defenceless crews quickly became known as 'Fokker Fodder'. The Eindecker, piloted by top scoring German aces such as Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke, made short work of the B.E.2c in the aerial bloodbath coined as the 'Fokker scourge'. Its vulnerability to fighter attack became plain back home and to the enemy who nicknamed the B.E.2c as kaltes fleisch or cold meat. British ace Albert Ball said that it was a 'bloody terrible aeroplane'. B.E.2c crews were butchered in increasing numbers. The B.E.2c slogged on throughout the war, and its poor performance against German fighters, and the failure to improve or replace it, caused great controversy in Britain. One MP attacked the B.E.2c and the Royal Aircraft Factory in the House of Commons stating that RFC pilots were being 'murdered than killed.
' This resulted in a judicial enquiry that cleared the factory and partly instrumental in bringing about the creation of the Royal Air Force.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781781550656
Publisher Fonthill Media
Contributor By (author) Paul R. Hare
Publication Date 2012-10-25
Language English
Format Hardback
Pages 160
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 210 X 148 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 500
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Designed as the benchmark against which competitors in the 1912 Military Aeroplane Competition were judged, the B.E.2 outperformed them all and was put into production becoming the most numerous single type in Royal Flying Corps service. The B.E.2c, a later variant, was designed to be inherently stable and was nicknamed the 'Quirk' by its pilots. Intended mainly for reconnaissance, it was hopelessly outclassed by the Fokker Eindecker fighter and its defenceless crews quickly became known as 'Fokker Fodder'. The Eindecker, piloted by top scoring German aces such as Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke, made short work of the B.E.2c in the aerial bloodbath coined as the 'Fokker scourge'. Its vulnerability to fighter attack became plain back home and to the enemy who nicknamed the B.E.2c as kaltes fleisch or cold meat. British ace Albert Ball said that it was a 'bloody terrible aeroplane'. B.E.2c crews were butchered in increasing numbers. The B.E.2c slogged on throughout the war, and its poor performance against German fighters, and the failure to improve or replace it, caused great controversy in Britain. One MP attacked the B.E.2c and the Royal Aircraft Factory in the House of Commons stating that RFC pilots were being 'murdered than killed.
' This resulted in a judicial enquiry that cleared the factory and partly instrumental in bringing about the creation of the Royal Air Force.
Products specifications
ISBN13 9781781550656
Publisher Fonthill Media
Contributor By (author) Paul R. Hare
Publication Date 2012-10-25
Language English
Format Hardback
Pages 160
Product Dimensions (H x W x L) in mm 210 X 148 X 210
Shipping Weight (grams) 500
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