Friday, March 24, 2017

RFC / RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Aircraft – WW1

The table below lists the aircraft types by year used by the RFC/RAF for photographic reconnaissance missions during the First World War.

1915
1916
1917
1918
Voisin LA
Morane L
BE 2c
BE 2c
BE 2c
BE 2d
BE 2d
BE 2e
BE 2e
BE 2f
BE 2g
Vickers FB5
Vickers FB5
FE 2a
FE 2b
FE 2b
FE 2d
FE 2d

Martinsyde 'Elephant'


Morane N
Morane LA
Morane BB
Morane P
Nieuport 12
Nieuport 11
Nieuport 16
Nieuport 20
RE 8
RE 8
Sopwith Strutter
DH 2
DH 4
DH 4
AW FK8
AW FK8
Bristol F2B
Bristol F2B
DH 9
DH 9A

Even when full camera automation was achieved in 1917 photographic missions were still usually carried out using 2-seater aircraft, predominantly the BE 2 series and its replacement the RE 8. The use of the single seat Nieuport series aircraft for photographic reconnaissance missions was limited to the period Dec 1916 to Apr 1917. The Nieuport was pressed into photographic service as the BE 2, FE 2, and early RE 8 units were proving easy pickings for the increasingly well-equipped and organised German air force of late 1916 early 1917.



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  1. Hi Tim - would love to chat about this subject - not sure if I'll get notification if you respond to this comment, so perhaps you could call 457795 (local area where we used to work!) - Tim Fryer

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