Crazy Looking 100-Year Old World War One Aircraft That Still Fly
A two-seat fighter/reconnaissance aircraft, the ‘Farman Experimental 2’ pusher was almost obsolete in this role by the time it reached the front in numbers in early 1916, due in most part to the rapid improvement in German fighter aircraft designs.At its peak 16 Royal Flying Corps squadrons were using the type. The fighter model (’d’ variant) was eventually withdrawn from combat in April 1917, but the ‘b’ variant was used as a night bomber until late 1918.
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On 16 May 1916 the original 'Scotch Express' was forced down behind enemy lines by Ltn Gontermann of Jasta 5. It was then photographed by its captors and this evidence allowed TVAL to reproduce the colour scheme of their reproduction aircraft with a high degree of accuracy.Additionally the aircraft features a number of original F.E.2b parts , such as the interplane struts, the oil and fuel tanks, the radiator shutter, wheels and the Beardmore engine.