S.E.5a – 56 Sqn RFC, James McCudden, Balzieux Aerodrome, France 1918 1/48
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/48 scale AA37705: Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a in the livery of 56 Sqn RFC, as flown by ace pilot James McCudden, Balzieux, France, February 1918. Low limited edition of only 1,100 pieces.
Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
James McCudden joined the RFC in 1913 and rose through the ranks, from Air Mechanic to Major, to become the British Empire’s most decorated pilot of WWI. He amassed a total of fifty seven victories and was awarded the VC for “conspicuous bravery, exceptional perseverance and a high devotion to duty”. In mid-1917 Captain McCudden was appointed Flight Commander of 56 Sqn flying SE5As. McCudden scored thirty two victories in SE5A, B4891 which he flew from December 1917 until March 1918 when he left 56 Sqn. He fitted the aircraft with the spinner from a LVG C.V which he had shot down and it was claimed it increased the top speed of the aircraft by 3mph. On 9th July 1918 McCudden was tragically killed when a new SE5a he was flying, stalled shortly after takeoff and crashed. He was just 23 years old.
Designed by H.P.Folland as an easy-to-fly fighter, The Royal Aircraft Factory’s S.E.5a bi-plane was first flown in 1917. Together with the Sopwith Camel, the S.E.5 was instrumental in regaining allied air superiority. Both friend and foe recognized the S.E.5 as a formidable fighting machine. It was fast, extremely strong and easy to fly, and was the aircraft of many WWI aces. Later model S.E.5a’s had Wolseley Viper 200 hp engines, which ended the engine problems of earlier designs. A Vickers gun was fired through the air screw with synchronizing gear, and a Lewis could be fired over the top wing or directly upwards.