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Contemporary of the Sopwith Camel, dispute it with the title of most successful British fighter of WW1 . Very strong and fast, had, however, some reliability problems in the engine, which delayed its delivery to the squadrons .


History of the S.E.5a


  • Model: S.E.5a
  • Wingspan: 8.12 m
  • Length: 6.38 m
  • Height: 2.9 m
  • Weight: 696 kg ( empty) and 930 ( loaded)
  • Engine: Hispano -Suiza 8 ( 200-240 hp)
  • Cruising speed: n / a
  • Maximum speed: 212 km / h
  • Maximum ceiling: 5790 m
  • Normal Range: 402 km
  • Armament: 2 machine guns of 7.7 mm ( 0.303 " ) (on the engine and a support Foster on the upper wing )

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