The BE12 was meant to be an improved fighter variant of the
original BE2 design but was in fact little better than the
single seat BE2c flown by the Sutton’s Farm flyers.
The BE12 was, however, powered by a more powerful engine and
armed with a forward firing machine gun.
In Flanders the BE12 was woefully outclassed by the newer
German fighter aircraft and even with the Home Defence squadrons
in England its service life was very short as it could not
effectively intercept the new German aircraft raiders.
Type: Single seat fighter
Powerplant: 150 hp Royal Aircraft Factory inline
Maximum Speed: 102 mph
Maximum Altitude: c 13,000 feet
Range: c 200 miles
Armament: 1x forward firing .303/7.7 mm Vickers machine gun.