One of the least-known of British warplanes was surely the Robey-Peters Gun-carrier, designed to have an American Davis recoilless gun in the nacelle on the starboard wing, and a Lewis gun in the port nacelle. Contrary to most published reports, two prototypes of this Rolls-Royce-engined biplane were built. The first, illustrated here, made a sucessful first flight at Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln, in September 1916 but crashed on its second flight. The second prototype differed in having equal span wings and a fixed fin in addition to the rudder.
ROBEY-PETERS. This photograph shows to advantage the gunners' nacelles on the Robey-Peters Davis-gun three-seater. It also shows how difficult the aircraft must have been to land - note the position of the pilot's cockpit