Fighter

S.E.5a

Manufacturer: Royal Aircraft Factory / Britain / 1917
Number Built: 5205

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Specifications
Engine V8 Wolseley Viper.
Power (h.p.): 200
Height (mm): 2743
Length (mm): 6300
Wing span (mm): 8000
Wing surface (sq.m.): 23.7
Empty weight (kg): 635
Takeoff weight (kg): 886
Fuel capacity (l): 148
Oil capacity (l): 16
Climb rate
1000 m — 2 min. 55 sec.
2000 m — 6 min. 1 sec.
3000 m — 9 min. 38 sec.
4000 m — 15 min. 03 sec.
5000 m — 22 min. 46 sec.
Maximum airspeed
(IAS: km/h)
sea level — 218
1000 m — 210
2000 m — 198
3000 m — 183
4000 m — 165
5000 m — 151
Service ceiling (m) 6500
Endurance
(h.,min.) at 1000m
combat — 1 h. 50 min.
cruise — 3 h. 50 min.
Armament forward 1хVickers Mk.I 7,69mm, 400 rounds per barrel.
Armament wing mounted 1 х Lewis 7,69 mm, 4 drums with 97 rounds each.
Bomb load 36 kg bomb

The plane was designed by British company R.A.F. (Royal Aircraft Factory).S.E. - Scout experimental (single seat fighters). The target was to build a fighter around Hispano-Suiza engine with 200 hp, which would be fast and have high climb speed. To reach this target engineers had to settle on a compromise. Making wing profile thin they simultaneously increased its surface area. This design featured ailerons in top and lower wings. 5269 planes were built be the end of the war.

First trial flight was performed in January 1917. The plane first saw combat in June 1917 in English squadron N 56. It was used to engage enemy fighters and balloons, bomber escort, very rarely to engage ground targets around the frontline. Speaking of the aircraft pilots mentioned durability of structure, sufficient maneuverability, stability in dive and when firing machineguns, fine handling, good sensitivity of controls at low speeds. When landing at high speed the plane long couldn't touch the ground due to high wing lift. Interesting that most British top aces flew this type of plane. It was even given a nickname – “Ace-maker”.

During service poor reliability of Hispano-Suiza engines became clear, that's why the plane was also fitted with more reliable Wolseley Viper engines (license built by British factories Hispano-Suiza). Frequent gear breaks on landings forced to strengthen the structure, as a result of this its shape was changed (metal welded tubes where replaced by wooden frame). The aircraft participated in battles in Europe on the Western front, in Macedonia, Mesopotamia and Palestine.

Known Aces
Beauchamp-Proctor, Andrew Frederick Weatherby
McCudden, James Thomas Byford
McElroy, George Edward Henry
Mannock, Edward Corringham
Claxton, William Gordon
Jones, James Ira Thomas
McCall, Frederick Robert Gordon
Bowman, Geoffrey Hilton
Clayson, Percy Jack
Hoidge, Reginald Theodore Carlos






Recommended opponent
Pfalz D.IIIa

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