By Jon Guttman
This is often the historical past of the simplest Allied fighter-destroyer of global conflict 1 and the pilots who flew it. Nicknamed "Biff" by way of the pilots, the Bristol F2 Fighter loved impressive luck over the Western entrance within the ultimate 18 months of the struggle. besides the fact that, it had an inauspicious debut, as a complete flight of F2As used to be burnt up via von Richthofen's Jasta eleven. a brand new more suitable F2B used to be quickly dropped at front which functioned in a wholly varied demeanour. The crews operated the aircraft now not as a regular two-seater, yet as a single-seat with a "sting within the tail" within the type of a rear gunner with a Lewis computer gun. a number of ace groups earned the "Biff" grudging appreciate from its German competitors. This publication charts the improvement of the aircraft from its unpromising beginnings to the revised version working with a brand new form of strategies. additionally, the varied first-hand money owed and wrestle studies supply a desirable perception into the studies of the pilots themselves.
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In fact it was at Borden that there was the first fatal accident, which occurred as early as April 8 1917, when Cadet J H Talbot died. These individuals are relaxing on what appears to be the deck of a vessel. They are sergeants. We can see a propeller badge above the three chevrons on the left arm of the man in the foreground. The men are wearing the Royal Flying Corps maternity style jacket and have the standard type Royal Flying Corps shoulder title. When the British War Office formally announced the establishment of the Royal Flying Corps they were looking for men aged between eighteen and thirty, at least 5ft 2in and men that could serve for four years, and then a further four in reserve as a minimum.
They used their Peterborough factory to make cabins for airships and then went on to build more than 400 Avro 504s and received a contract to built over 100 Sopwith Camels, but this was cancelled when the war ended in 1918. Sage even began developing their own aircraft alongside the aircraft designer Eric Cecil Gordon England. They tried to develop the Sage Types I-IV but it was largely a failure and the aircraft manufacturing part of the business closed down in 1918. They were involved in aircraft manufacture again in the Second World War, making fuselages for Horsa gliders and there were plans for them to build wings for naval aircraft.
In fact there were around 130 fatal crashes in Canada by the end of the First World War. The third album belonged to Flight Lieutenant W Richards. This is the most extensive of all of the albums in this particular collection. It is clear that Richards also became involved with the Royal Flying Corps in around 1917. There are several photographs of his training and numerous images of crashed and wrecked aircraft. The final album features aircraft in and around the River Crouch in Essex. This part of the country has a particular connection with military aviation.