The second airworthy Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b and R.E.8 reproductions to emerge from The Vintage Aviator, Ltd’s factory in Wellington, New Zealand recently made their public debut at TVAL’s Remembrance Day Air Show in New Zealand.
The F.E.2 has been finished in the overall black color scheme of a night bomber from the 100th Squadron, which was the first RFC unit dedicated to light night bomber duties. From May 1917 to February 1918, the 100th Squadron flew nocturnal raids on railway targets and German airfields.
Following the arrival of TVAL’s first airworthy R.E.8 reproduction in the United Kingdom for the RAF Museum’s collection, the second TVAL R.E.8, has been painted in the white zig-zag fuselage markings of the 52nd Squadron and wears the designation of A4267, representing a machine which was built by Austin Motor Company and was assigned to the British Expeditionary Force in April 1917, before being allocated to the 5th Squadron in Northern France. It was transferred to 52nd Squadron at La Houssoye in early January 1918, where it was destroyed by a fire on March 6, 1918.
Also making its debut at the show was the fourth airworthy Albatros D.Va to be constructed by TVAL.