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Royal Aircraft Factory (RAF)

In 1912 the former Balloon Factory at Farnborough, England, was renamed the Royal Aircraft Factory. Among its designers was Geoffrey de Havilland who later founded his own company and Henry Folland – later chief designer at Gloster Aircraft Company, and founder of his own company Folland Aircraft. Between 1911 and 1918 the Royal Aircraft Factory generated a number of aircraft designs. Most of these were essentially research aircraft, but a few actually went into mass production, especially during WW1. Some orders were met by the factory itself, but the bulk of production was by private British companies, some of which had not previously built aircraft. In 1918 the Royal Aircraft Factory was once more renamed, becoming the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) to avoid confusion with the Royal Air Force, which was formed on 1 April 1918, and because it had relinquished its manufacturing role to concentrate on research.
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c 2699 Photographed at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, on 21 January 2006. This was the first reconnaiss...
BE-2C # 1780 (Replica) You can find this replica BE-2C at the Fort Rucker, Alabama Museum
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A replica Ailes Anciennes aircraft C1096 "Maybe?" photographed at La Ferte Alais on 15 May 2005. This replica...
Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2c Another replica at the Yorkshire Air Museum is this BE.2c built by the apprentices at RAF Halton. T...
Royal Aircraft Factory RE.8 F3556 "Paddy Bird from Ceylon" photographed on 15 March 2011 in the AirSpace hangar, Imperial War Museum, ...
Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2c replica Photographed with wings folded at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, on 20 May 2011. See also pic...
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a replica Photographed on 20 May 2011 at YAM, Elvington. C/n 278, registered as G-BKDT.
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A Replica This lovely replica was spotted at Waltham 24/3/2012 F-943
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A WWI aeroplane seen at the RAF Museum in Hendon, London in April 2009. F...
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a aeroplane Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a seen at The Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire in November 2009.
Biplane at Shuttleworth Biplane seen at The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshire in November 2009.
Brown RAF biplane Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a seen at The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshir...

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