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FE2b/d Monograph

Following the resounding success of the society's first book, "Nieuports in RFC, RNAS & RAF Service", on 1st July 2009 we launched our second. Publication coincided with the unveiling of the newly-restored FE2b at the RAF Museum, Hendon.

We are taking orders NOW through the on-line shop! Don't wait for too long, as interest is proving to be higher than expected, and we're not expedting stocks to last beyond the autumn.

Price delivered in the UK is £30.00, overseas by surface is £32.50 and overseas by airmail is £38.15 - excellent value by any measure!

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"Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b/d & Variants in RFC, RAF, RNAS & AFC Service"

Softback, 200 pages, 210 x 297mm.

The history of Henry Folland's initial design, the FE2a through FE2b/c/d to h; details training, day operations, night bombing, home defence, experimental developments, marine operations; Presentation and aircrew indexes and a full serials listing.

Contains over 420 photographs; plus colour profiles, and 14 pages of 1:72 scale drawings and airframe development.

Unglamorous, but neither ineffective nor unloved ...

This is the story of the FE2b and its variants, a long story, that began before the First World War and continued beyond, encompassing on the way many episodes of heroism and success as well as tragedy.

‘... a big, large-boned aircraft, it looked old before its time, yet performed outstandingly well in a wide variety of roles from day-fighting to night bombing, from reconnaissance to anti-submarine operations and from training to air defence. The Fee saw longer service on the Western Front than any other type – from all the air forces engaged...’

The FE2b is a victim of that strange law of aircraft preservation which generally ensures that, the more of a type were built, the fewer the survivors. In fact there is no complete original. So it comes about that this first full-length study of the type, researched and produced by Cross & Cockade International in collaboration with the Royal Air Force Museum, will be published to coincide with the unveiling of a reconstructed aircraft, based on surviving original components, to be exhibited in the Museum’s Bomber Command Hall.

‘ ...It is hoped that these combined efforts will bring back to life an important yet long-neglected aircraft and properly celebrate the achievements of all those associated with the Fee throughout the First World War.’

Article posted: 03/06/2009

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