The SE5 was a British World War One biplane fighter
aircraft that entered service during the later stages of the
Great War. It was developed by the Royal Aircraft Factory at
Farnborough and was one of the fastest aircraft of the time.
It has been described as ‘the Spitfire of the First World War’
and is considered by many to be the finest allied aircraft of
Although the SE5 was considered by many as the best aircraft
of the time, it was unable to have the same impact as the more
famous Sopwith Camel and Pup due to a shortage of
Hispano-Suiza engines until the final months of the conflict.
Once it was available in greater numbers the SE5 clearly
helped to bring a quicker end to the war.
(pictured in the background) is a stately home, located south
of Alcester, Warwickshire. It is the ancestral home of the
Marques of Herford. The house was completed in 1680 following
the designs of Dr. Robert Hooke. The home remained within the
family until the death of the 6th Marques, Hugh
Seymour in 1912.
Fittingly for the above image the house was used during the
First World War as a military hospital which helped to save
the house from impending demolition at the time. Today, Ragley
Hall is a popular attraction and is visited by numerous
tourists every year. Most recently it has played host to the
Midlands Air Festival where this shot was taken.