Mount of Aces: The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a Paul R. Hare

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Mount of Aces: The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a  by  Paul R. Hare

Mount of Aces: The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a by Paul R. Hare
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From the author of Fonthill Medias Fokker Fodder: The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c, Mount of Aces: The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a is a fitting testament to a legendary fighter. Arguably, the Sopwith Camel may be the best known British fighter plane of the First World War that took on the mighty and feared Jastas over the killing fields that were the trenches.

However, almost all the highest scoring aces including McCudden and Mannock preferred the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a. It was well-armed, fast, highly manoeuvrable and a superb gun platform, and yet it was easy and safe for even the most sketchily trained pilot to fly. The S.E.5a was deadly. Not only could it absorb punishment and turn on a penny, it packed a wallop with its .303 Vickers and .303 Lewis machine guns. Over 5,500 examples were produced in the war and Major Edward C. Mick Mannock scored fifty of his seventy-three victories in the S.E.5a.

The S.E.5a helped turn the tide of war in the Allies favour. After the war, examples took part in air races and were employed in the sky-writings industry for advertising purposes in both Britain and America. And today, all over the world, home-builders are producing reproductions of the S.E.5a for sport and leisure flying, a fitting tribute to a design now nearly a century old and an appropriate memorial to the thousands of pilots who flew it in combat in defence of their country.



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