The Year of '14

The years aircraft: The Bristol Scout

The BE2 was the principal aircraft type  (shown opposite). The BE2 was not a practical military design with the pilot at the rear having the best view and the observer sitting forward with his view obstructed by the wing. When guns were fitted to the BE2 they could be placed in four positions but this involved the observer lifting the gun out of one socket and placing it in another. This required the observer to stand and work while the aircraft was likely to be manoeuvring.