This rakish fighter became known as the 'mount of aces', being the type on which the most successful fighter pilots of Britain and her Empire went to war throughout the last 18 months of World War 1. It was the Spitfire of the Western Front: delivering greater speed, range, firepower and all-round performance than the vast majority of its opposition. Often working in partnership with the more pugnacious Sopwith Camel, the S.E.5 and S.E.5a ensured that no enemy aircraft was safe even a long way behind their own lines as the Royal Flying Corps gradually won air superiority over the trenches.
Nick Garton has worked in very major motorsport championship except NASCAR and IndyCar over the past 20 years as a journalist, author, championship manager and PR person. He has had a number of books published including Haynes Ferrari 312T Manual, Audi Quattro Rally Car Manual, Cavallino Rampante, The Formula 1 Young Guns and Porsche 956/962 Manual.