Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
No medal ribbons so probably all beginners? Fine looking bunch and all sporting moustaches I see!!!!
Nice observation. Considering that this image is part of a larger collection of training slides, it would be quite reasonable to assume that these would be rookie pilots.
Apparently they are officers from No.2 squadron based in Montrose, Scotland in front of a BE-2 biplane shortly before they flew to Amiens on 13th August 1914. (Daily Record 19/04/14).
That's a late production BE2b aircraft, or an early BE2c.
Strange to think these gentlemen were likely in their 20s or 30s. Something about B&W, or the clothing & hairstyle always makes them seem an indeterminate "old" no matter how I go along aging myself; they always seem older than me!
Love this image 💜
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/markkinrade] Thank you very much for the information. How did you link this image to the information from the Daily Record?
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Thanks for the information! How would one be able to differentiate between a BE2b and a BE2c?
I couldn't link the page but I found if I copied and pasted the following into my web browser the Daily Record page was at the top of the result list - 'World War 1 Montrose based flying squadron flew straight into a new type of warfare that few survived'.
No ailerons for lateral control, so the aircraft is not a B.E.2c. A wing-warping B.E.2b.
Thanks for the confirmation!