Mount of Aces

The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a

Paul R. Hare

Date Published :
March 2015
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
50 black and white
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781552889
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


From the author of Fonthill Media’s 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 maneuverable 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’ favor. After the war, examples took part i air races and were employed in the ‘sky-writings’ industry for advertising purposes in both Britain and America. And today, all over the world, homebuilders 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 defense of their country.

About The Author

Paul R. Hare, a retired engineer, has made a lifelong study of early aviation, becoming a recognised authority in his field, and has publishing several books and numerous magazine articles various aspects of the first war in the air. He first began researching the failure of the American Aeroplane building Programme over 25 years ago and has lectured on the topic both in The UK and the USA as well as writing a number of articles about it, and about the Liberty engine that was crucial to it.

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