Royal Aircraft Factory RE 8

Royal Aircraft Factory RE.8

 

Some twenty-two Royal Aircraft Factory R.E. 8's were obtained by the Aviation Militaire to reequip n 6 Squadron.

As with its predecessor the B.E.2c, these machines were also re-engined with a 180 hp. Hispano Suiza, giving the aircraft its distinctive look.

Guy Van De Merckt Collection.

 

RE.8 Hispano

 

Royal Aircraft Factory RE.8 n 5 seen at Houtem airbase in 1917.

Guy Van de Merckt Collection

 

 

A Belgian RE.8 still equipped with its original RAF 4a 12 cylinder engine. Compared with the picture of Hispano Suiza equipped

RE.8 n5 (above) it clearly shows the extend of the modification work undertaken by the Aviation Militaire Belge.

 

RE.8 A4323/3 crash at Houtem in 1917

 

Unmodified N 6 Squadron RE.8 n 3/A4323 after a bad landing at Houtem in 1917

 

 

Unmodified RE.8 n 6/A3715 of the Houtem based N 6 Squadron.

 

RE.8 at Houtem. Lt Stampe & Rolland

 

 Lt. Stampe & Lt. Rolland in front of their Royal Aircraft Factory RE.8 at Houtem airbase.

 

Alphonse Sohet in front of an Aviation Militaire Belge RAF RE.8

 

Pilot Alphonse Sohet in front of an Aviation Militaire Belge RAF RE.8 of N 6 Squadron at Houtem airfield in 1917.

 

RAF RE.8 A3855 N 1

 

 Unmodified Napier built RAF RE.8 (RFC A3855) carrying Aviation Militaire N° 1 of N° 6 Squadron seen at Houtem airfield in 1917.

 

 

 

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