The Yorkshire Air Museum was recently commissioned to display its newly refurbished example of a WWI Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c aircraft at the National RAF100 Ceremony in Horse Guards Parade, London.
The honour followed on from the huge success in organising the “100 Years of Co-operation” with the Royal Air Force and French Air Force in Central Paris in late May, attended by the chiefs of the Air Staff and other dignitaries.
Many hundreds of hours of painstaking work have been undertaken by the Elvington museum’s Aircraft Heritage Team to completely rebuild the B.E2c.
The aircraft was resplendent along with a host of other aircraft that the Royal Air Force had brought together for the prestigious occasion, culminating with the major flypast over the capital.
Ian Reed, Museum Director, said: “As the acknowledged Allied Air Forces Memorial of Europe, the Yorkshire Air Museum has been pleased to fully support the Royal Air Force in not one, but two major international events in the capital cities of France and England within the last three months.”
The BE2 series was one of the first aircraft to be designed by Geoffrey de Havilland in 1911 at what was then the Royal Balloon Factory, before it became the Royal Aircraft Factory in 1912.
The BE2 was a single engine, two seat bi-plane which served with the Royal Flying Corps from 1912 until the formation of the Royal Air Force on 1st April 1918, where the type remained in service until its retirement in 1919.