The story of the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough, forerunner of the World's premier aeronautical research establishment wherein were designed a diversity of aircraft including many of those that equipped the RFC, RNAS and RAF during the First World War. Originally established to build observation balloons for the Victorian British Army, the Factory later expanded to employ over 3500 people by mid-1916, at which time it became the subject of a political controversy that ended in a judicial enquiry. In 1918 its title was changed to the Royal Aircraft Establishment, not only to avoid a clash of initials with the newly formed Royal Air Force but to better define its changing role. Each of the many designs for airships and aeroplanes that were produced by the Factory between 1908 and 1918 is described in detail, illustrated by photographs, and with three-view drawings provided for the more prominent designs.
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Publication date: 22/01/2022
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 1105 g
Dimensions: 248.00mm X 172.00mm
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Prehistory; A new era begins; Aeroplanes again; Military and other trials; Tested in battle; Enemies in high places; Change and decay; AIRSHIPS: Nulli Secundus; Baby/Beta; Gamma; Delta; Eta; Epsilon; AEROPLANES: A.E.1; A.E.2; A.E.3; Aerial Target; B.E.1; B.E.2; B.E.2a; B.E.2b; B.E.2c; B.E.2d 159; B.E.2e, f and g; B.E.3; B.E.4; B.E.5; B.E.6; B.E.7; B.E.8; B.E.8a; B.E.9; B.E.9a; B.E.10; B.E.11; B.E.12; B.E.12a; B.E.12b; B.S.1; B.S.2; C.E.1; F.E.1; F.E.2; F.E.2a; F.E.2b; F.E.2c; F.E.2d; F.E.2e, f, g and h; F.E.3 (A.E.1); F.E.4; F.E.5; F.E.6; F.E.7; F.E.8; F.E.9; F.E.10; F.E.11; F.E.12; H.R.E.2; H.R.E.6; N.E.1; R.E.1; R.E.2; R.E.3; R.E.4; R.E.5; R.E.6; R.E.7; R.E.8; R.E.8a; R.E.9; S.E.1; S.E.2; S.E.3; S.E.4; S.E.4a; S.E.5; S.E.5a; S.E.5b; S.E.5E; S.E.6; S.E.7; T.E.1; Appendix 1 Prototype production; Appendix 2 Production machines; Appendix 3 Royal Aircraft Factory engines; Appendix 4 Survivors and reproductions; Endnotes; Index.
Paul R. Hare, a retired engineer, has made a lifelong study of early aviation, becoming a recognised authority in his field, and has published several books and numerous magazine articles various aspects of the first war in the air. He first began researching the history of the Royal Aircraft Factory almost 50 years ago and has lectured on the topic both in The UK and the USA as well as acting as technical advisor to a number of restoration or replica building projects.