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"Death Trap!"

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What we have here is the venerable Be2 (Short for Bleriot/Experimental). Extremely slow and heartily disliked by pilots as being ready-made Fokker fodder, it was eventually replaced by better machines to everyone's relief.

However, there is another side to this story.

The Be2 was actually the first ever British aircraft purely designed for aerial warfare. Test flown for the first time Geoffrey De Havilland it was designated as a bomber without any armament.

Later on in 1916, when the German Zeppelins were bombing everywhere without fear of retribution, a Be2 piloted by Lt.Leefe-Robinson armed with a single Lewis gun and incendiary ammunition succeeded in bringing one down in flames near London. He was immediately awarded the Victoria Cross and became a national hero overnight. He was the second person to be awarded a VC in one of these machines.

My image shows how the pilot sat in the rear seat, with the observer/gunner at the front. Not the best setup in the world! The German gunners soon learned who was who and where to aim.

Vue5Inf. Poser7,CS3.
July 17, 2008
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Jul 17, 2008 1:20:11 pm
Excellent work!!!

by Schnuck Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 2:47:49 pm
I like how you have caught them in the sun. Nothing comic about it. They are nicely cheese colored.

by tallpindo Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 2:51:33 pm
Excellent lighting in this piece!

by kenwas Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 7:04:56 pm
Nice lighting. Good picture. I also like one warning for the aircraft: The observer is not to stand up as the airplane may stall.

by Osper Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 7:05:34 pm
Excellent image.
Interesting historical commentary.

by LBAMagic Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 9:30:15 pm
Brave or Crazy those that flew these planes, I had just read recently about these planes - Great presentation as it trumbles across the sky.

by dbrv6 Homepage »

Jul 17, 2008 10:04:57 pm
great render and interesting history

by KenG Homepage »

Jul 18, 2008 1:43:54 am
Nice rendering!!

by Thelby Homepage »

Jul 18, 2008 10:02:29 am
Very Cool!. well done. Great Image,

by debbielove Online Now!   Homepage »

Jul 18, 2008 3:47:06 pm
Always love your histories and renders!

by kjer_99 Homepage »

Jul 20, 2008 11:46:36 pm
Marvelous lighting here!

by FrenchKiss Homepage »

Jul 23, 2008 7:15:46 am
These may have been death traps but weren't they just beautiful to look at compared to moderns. Very nice work and info :)

by Emil-arts Homepage »

Jul 24, 2008 4:55:04 am
excellent work

by ekatz Homepage »

Jul 25, 2008 10:20:10 am
Fantastic image!! Splendid render!!!

by tetsu-pino Homepage »

Aug 2, 2008 9:32:35 am
Very good render. Great light. Well done. 5+

by ragouc Homepage »

Aug 28, 2008 9:58:49 am
Outstanding !
Extraordinary evening light here!
And btw,some flyer had stated
that in order to put a zeppelin ablaze, one had to go
so close as to be able to see the puncture holes of his pulling out would involve a bitch of a "split-S"

by proteus2 Homepage »

Sep 7, 2008 9:12:44 am
Superb idea and very great and creative work...

by katy555 Homepage »


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