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 are described in detail, illustrated by photographs, and with three-view drawings provided for the more prominent designs.
ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY
This book presents the history and work of the Factory up to the time it ceased designing aeroplanes, and all of the machines designed and built at Farnborough are fully described,including celebrated types as the B.E.2 and R.E.8 reconnaissance aircraft, the F.E.2b fighter/bomber, and the S.E.5, one of the outstanding fighters of the First World War.