This British Royal Flying Corps Experiment Was Not A Successful One
During WWI, the British Royal Flying Corps created an experimental reconnaissance aircraft called the B.E.9. It modified previous models by increasing the field of fire for the observer’s machine gun. However, this layout backfired tremendously.
Although the gunner had a much better field of vision, his position left him at risk of injury. He could be cut in two by the propeller blades or crushed to death by the engine if the aircraft was to crash. A commander of RAF defenses called it “an extremely dangerous machine from the passenger’s point of view.”