• Royal Flying Corps •


• Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2b Production •

The B.E.2b


The B.E.2b featured an improved top decking, revised flying controls and and a new fuel system.


Deliveries of the B.E.2b commenced in August 1914. 15 aircraft were produced by Bristol (6), Armstrong Whitworth (6) and Hewlett and Blondeau (3), probably all to contract A.2366.


Three Handley Page-produced machines, ordered as B.E.2a were classified as B.E.2b (460, 488 and 709) and also quote contract A.2366.


Contract A.2519 was placed with Jouques for a further 6 machines (2175-2180) and an additional contract (A.3148) for 50 (2770-2819). Whitehead Aircraft of Richmond were awarded contract A.3059 for 6 machines (2884-2889).


Production of B.E.2b machines comprised:


SerialTypeManufacturerDateCommentsOrder
396B.E.2bBritish & Colonial/Filton08.08.14Farn @08.08.14; 2Sq
487B.E.2b31.08.14Farn @31.08.14; 4Sq
492B.E.2b20.09.14Farn @20.09.14; RAS
646B.E.2bBritish & Colonial/Filton16.09.14Farn @16.09.14; CFS; 6Sq
650B.E.2b20.09.14Farn @20.09.14; 7Sq
484B.E.2b07.09.14Farn broke skid 07.09.14; wrecked en route France 29.09.14
666B.E.2bArmstrong Whitworth05.11.14Farn @05.11.14; 4RAS
676B.E.2b20.11.14Farn @20.11.14
493B.E.2bBritish & Colonial/Filton29.08.14Del Farn 29.08.14; 6SqA2366
703B.E.2b14.11.14Farn @14.11.14; 4Sq
687B.E.2bArmstrong Whitworth02.10.14Del Farn 02.10.14; RAF for mods
705B.E.2bHewlett & Blondeau23.10.14Del Farn 23.10.14; RAF for mods; CFS
722B.E.2b01.12.14Farn @01.12.14; 6Sq
733B.E.2b10.12.14Farn @10.12.14; 9Sq
746B.E.2bHewlett & Blondeau20.01.15Del Farn 17.12.14; RAF for mods; 4SqA2366
2175B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.1619Sq @ 08.01.16A2519
2176B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16A2519
2177B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.164RS 11.03.16A2519
2178B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.168RS 13.04.16A2519
2179B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.1645Sq 15.04.16A2519
2180B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16Crashed 02.06.16A2519
2770B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16A3148
2771B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.1643Sq 12.07.16A3148
2772B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.1636Sq 19.06.16A3148
2773B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16WT Flight Lydd 11.08.16A3148
2774B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.1682Sq Beverley @19.02.17A3148
2775B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.1682Sq Beverley @13.02.17A3148
2776B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16A3148
2777B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16A3148
2778B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16A3148
2779B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16A3148
2780B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.1618RS Montrose 16.08.16A3148
2781B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.1618RS Montrose 16.08.16A3148
2782B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.1666Sq Patchway 31.08.16A3148
2783B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.1666Sq Patchway 31.08.16A3148
2784B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.1666Sq Patchway 31.08.16A3148
2785B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2786B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2787B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2788B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2789B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2790B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2791B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2792B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2793B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2794B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2795B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2796B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2797B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16CFSA3148
2798B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2799B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2800B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2801B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16CanadaA3148
2802B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2803B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2804B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2805B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2806B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2807B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2808B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.165SqA3148
2809B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2810B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2811B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16-A3148
2812B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.00.16Tested Farn 26.02.17A3148
2813B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.01.17Ascot store; 16TS Beaulieu 31.07.17A3148
2814B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.01.1716Sq @17.03.17A3148
2815B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.01.17-A3148
2816B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.01.17-A3148
2817B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.01.17-A3148
2818B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.01.17-A3148
2819B.E.2bJouques Av Works/Willesden00.01.17-A3148
2884B.E.2bWhitehead Aircraft /Richmond03.12.1527Sq 03.12.15A3059
2885B.E.2bWhitehead Aircraft /Richmond14.12.1529Sq 14.12.15A3059
2886B.E.2bWhitehead Aircraft /Richmond31.12.1529Sq 31.12.15A3059
2887B.E.2bWhitehead Aircraft /Richmond00.00.16-A3059
2888B.E.2bWhitehead Aircraft /Richmond00.00.16-A3059
2889B.E.2bWhitehead Aircraft /Richmond00.00.1634Sq @02.05.16A3059

Total 77 machines plus 3 Handley Page B.E.2a produced as B.E.2b (included on the B.E.2a list).

The B.E.8

The B.E.8 or 'Bloater' was derived from the B.E.3 from which it inherited its nickname. It was essentially a single seat B.E.2 with an 80hp rotary engine.


The first 2 machines (423 and 424) were produced by the Royal Aircraft Factory in November 1913, and they also seem to have produced serial 632 almost a year later.


The first private contractor order in August 1913 was A.2238 for 4 machines, two from British and Colonial (365 and 373) and two from Vickers (377 and probably 391).


A second order (A.2321) for 2 machines was placed in November 1913, seemingly one from Vickers and one from COW.


Order A.2366 was probably for 16 machines (Bristol 4, Vickers 6 and COW 6) in December.


Order A.2304 comprised 2 aircraft produced by Vickers. These were probably the 2 machines earmarked for India (India1 and India2). The aircraft were diverted to the R.F.C. and given serials 624 and 625.


Order A.2567 in July 1914 was for 21 machines (6+15) from Vickers (2133-2153 and 21 (6+15) from COW. This latter contract was also reported as A.2872, which was confused with the final Jouques B.E.2b contract. The Vickers order specified an 80hp Clerget engine rather than a Gnome, and both these latter contracts referred to the type as B.E.8a.


Production comprised:


SerialTypeManufacturerDateCommentsOrder
423B.E.8Royal Aircraft Factory00.11.13CFS
424B.E.8Royal Aircraft Factory00.11.13CFS
365B.E.8British & Colonial/Filton10.03.14Del Farn 10.03.14; tested to destruction 23.06.14A2238
373B.E.8British & Colonial/Filton28.03.14Del Farn 28.03.14; 7SqA2238
377B.E.8Vickers/Erith24.04.14Del Farn 24.04.14; 5Sq
391B.E.812.08.14Farn @12.08.14; 5Sq
399B.E.820.08.14Farn @20.08.14; EF
479B.E.826.08.14Farn @26.08.14; 3Sq
624B.E.8Vickers10.08.14Farn @10.08.14; Indian1; 6Sq
625B.E.8Vickers07.08.14Farn @07.08.14; Indian2; 3Sq
632B.E.8Royal Aircraft Factory31.08.14Farn @31.08.14; 6Sq
636B.E.8British & Colonial/Filton04.09.14Farn @04.09.14; 6SqA2366
643B.E.800.09.14Farn @15.09.14; RNASCP59384/14
645B.E.812.10.14Farn @12.10.14; 1Sq
656B.E.8British & Colonial/Filton?03.10.14Farn @03.10.14; 1Sq
658B.E.809.10.14Farn @09.10.14
663B.E.806.10.14Farn @06.10.14; 1Sq
670B.E.813.10.14Farn @13.10.14; 1Sq
693B.E.817.11.14Farn @17.11.14; 1Sq
725B.E.824.12.14Farn @24.12.14; CFS
727B.E.824.12.14Farn @24.12.14; 1Sq
729B.E.814.12.14Farn @14.12.14
736B.E.831.12.14Farn @31.12.14
740B.E.8COW01.12.14Del Farn 01.12.14; RAF mods; 4RASA2366
2130B.E.8Vickers27.01.15Farn @04.03.15; 1SqA2366
2131B.E.8COW25.01.15Farn @25.01.15; 1SqA2367
2132B.E.8COW20.02.15Farn @20.02.15; 1SqA2367
2133B.E.8aVickers30.03.15Farn @30.03.15; 14SqA2567
2134B.E.8aVickers00.04.15Farn 07.04.15; 9SqA2567
2135B.E.8aVickers00.05.15Farn 07.05.15; 9SqA2567
2136B.E.8aVickers00.04.15Farn 23.04.15; 9SqA2567
2137B.E.8aVickers18.07.15Farn 18.07.15; 9SqA2567
2138B.E.8aVickers00.08.15Farn 06.09.15; 7RASA2567
2139B.E.8aVickers22.08.15Farn 22.08.15A2567
2140B.E.8aVickers21.08.15Farn 21.08.15; 9SqA2567
2141B.E.8aVickers30.08.15Farn 30.08.15A2567
2142B.E.8aVickers12.08.15Farn 12.08.15; 9SqA2567
2143B.E.8aVickers12.07.15Farn 12.07.15; 13SqA2567
2144B.E.8aVickers04.06.15Farn 04.06.15; 9SqA2567
2145B.E.8aVickers00.06.15-A2567
2146B.E.8aVickers00.06.15-A2567
2147B.E.8aVickers00.06.15-A2567
2148B.E.8aVickers00.06.15-A2567
2149B.E.8aVickers18.06.15Farn 18.06.15; 9SqA2567
2150B.E.8aVickers06.09.15Farn 06.09.15; 7RASA2567
2151B.E.8aVickers00.09.157RASA2567
2152B.E.8aVickers11.10.15Farn 11.10.15; 7RASA2567
2153B.E.8aVickers08.11.15Farn 08.11.15; 28SqA2567
2154B.E.8aCOW04.06.15Farn 04.06.15; 9SqA2872
2155B.E.8aCOW24.06.15Farn 24.06.15; 17SqA2872
2156B.E.8aCOW01.06.15Farn 01.06.15; 17SqA2872
2157B.E.8aCOW00.06.15-A2872
2158B.E.8aCOW00.06.156BdeA2872
2159B.E.8aCOW00.06.1548SqA2872
2160B.E.8aCOW00.06.15Farn @10.11.15; 7RASA2872
2161B.E.8aCOW00.06.15-A2872
2162B.E.8aCOW00.06.15CFSA2872
2163B.E.8aCOW00.06.1548SqA2872
2164B.E.8aCOW00.06.1548SqA2872
2165B.E.8aCOW00.06.15-A2872
2166B.E.8aCOW00.06.15-A2872
2167B.E.8aCOW00.06.15-A2872
2168B.E.8aCOW00.06.15-A2872
2169B.E.8aCOW00.06.15-A2872
2170B.E.8aCOW00.06.15-A2872
2171B.E.8aCOW00.06.15-A2872
2172B.E.8aCOW00.06.15Farn 13.10.15A2872
2173B.E.8aCOW00.06.15-A2872
2174B.E.8aCOW00.06.15-A2872

Total 69 machines.