The S.E.5a Scout had much better performance than the Sopwith Camel, but was plagued with problems from the underdeveloped Hispano Suiza-geared H-S 8B engine. However, together with the Camel, the S.E.5a was instrumental in maintaining British air superiority from mid-1917 and throughout the rest of World War 1. It had a wingspan of 26 feet 7-inches and was 20 feet 11-inches long with a gross weight 1,988 pounds. It had a maximum speed of 138mph and a service ceiling of 17,000 feet.
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