Be2 aircraft. It was designed by geoffrey de havilland. Intended for use as a long range reconnaissance and bombing aircraft the be12 was pressed into service as a fighter in which role it proved disastrously inadequate mainly due to its very poor manoeuvrability. The royal aircraft factory be2 is a single engine two seat reconaissance and bomber biplane aircraft produced by the british manufacturer royal aircraft factory used by the royal flying corps during world war i.
The royal aircraft factory be2 models a f included a range of early british military reconnaissance aircraft up to and including world war i. It was essentially a single seat version of the be2. Most production aircraft were constructed under contract by various private companies both established aircraft manufacturers and firms that had not previously built aircraft.
A sole be2 made up one half the inventory of two aircraft for newly founded quantas of australia the australian flying corps afc was another wartime operator of the be2. Two aircraft were built in early 1912 numbered be3 and be4 but as at the time the royal aircraft factory was forbidden from building aircraft the two aircraft were officially rebuilds of a paulhan biplane and a bristol boxkite respectively but the only parts reused were the engines. The royal aircraft factory be2 was a british single engine tractor two seat biplane designed and developed at the royal aircraft factory.
In mid 1915 the nature of air war changed with the arrival of the agile fokker eindecker with its forward firing guns. The royal aircraft factory be2 was designed with emphasis on stability which made it particularly suitable for reconnaissance for the british army on the western front. Other operators of the useful biplane became belgium estonia greece navy the netherlands sole example norway south africa and the united states with the american expeditionary force aef.