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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/48 scale AA37702: SE5a of 60 Sqn Royal Flying Corps, as flown by ace pilot Capt. W A “Billy” Bishop in 1917. This range of World War 1 biplanes is absolutely superb, with authentic looking wire rigging on the wings and tailplane. Limited edition of 3,710 pieces. Box may have a few light surface rub marks but nothing that detracts.
Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
The Royal Flying Corps top-scoring WWI ace was Billy Bishop, a Canadian who scored 72 victories. Awarded the Victoria Cross, he was the first pilot to surpass the record of British ace Albert Ball. McCudden, Ball, Bishop, Mannock and many other British aces found the S.E.5a was, at last, the aircraft they could fight on equal terms with against the German Albatros. Soon after they were delivered, Lieutenant A.P.F. Rhys Davids, flying with No. 5 Squadron, brought down Werner Voss, von Richthofen’s famous number two. Although just a single victory, it was an enormous boost to Allied morale and an early scalp for the S.E.5a, which, despite its rugged, almost over-simple appearance, was destined to become one of the most successful British aircraft of WWI.
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.