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Known as the 'Bloater'. Powered by 80 hp Gnome and 100 hp Gnome Monosoupape engines. A total of around 70 were built by -
The B.E.8 was the last of the Bleriot Experimental types to be designed with a rotary engine. A conventional 1910s biplane with a fixed tail-skid landing gear. It also had a pair of skids mounted forward to prevent the aircraft nosing over on rough ground. Three prototypes were built at Farnborough with a single long cockpit for both crew members.
The production aircraft had two separate cockpits and where built by sub-contractors. An improved B.E.8a in 1915 had new wings the wing warping replaced by ailerons and a revised tail unit.
The aircraft entered service with the Royal Flying Corps and a small number served in France between 1914 and 1915 but most were used by training units.