This is the history of the best Allied fighter-destroyer of World War 1 and the pilots who flew it. Nicknamed "Biff" by the pilots, the Bristol F2 Fighter enjoyed extraordinary success over the Western Front in the final 18 months of the war. However, it had an inauspicious debut, as an entire flight of F2As was wiped out by von Richthofen's Jasta 11. A new improved F2B was soon delivered to the front which functioned in an entirely different manner. The crews operated the plane not as a standard two-seater, but as a single-seat with a "sting in the tail" in the form of a rear gunner with a Lewis machine gun. Numerous ace teams earned the "Biff" grudging respect from its German opponents. This book charts the development of the plane from its unpromising beginnings to the revised model operating with a new kind of tactics. Moreover, the numerous first-hand accounts and combat reports give a fascinating insight into the experiences of the pilots themselves.
"The usual combination of color profiles and personl anecdotes tells the very unusual story of the Bristol F2B. At first glance, this was just another plainly-marked British WWI airplane, but its excellent performance was on par with contemporary single-seaters, and it could be considered one of the first true "multi-role" aircraft. The unique operational concept...resulted in some very high scoring tail gunners. Its important service in Palestine in WWI is covered in its own section." -Aerospace Modeler (January 2009)
"Jon Guttman's latest offering is a long-awaited title, since the Bristol F.2B is easily the most popular World War I two-seater among buffs and historians... After finishing Bristol Fighter Aces, any red-blooded reader will want to man his Brisfit and go strafe the Bray-Corbie Road." -Barrett Tillman, Aviation History (March 2008)
"It is a superb book on the subject and one that I can recommend to you without reservation." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (September 2007)
Bristol F2 Fighter Aces of World War I by Jon Guttman