Background to 8084 I have searched the Internet to find out the background to this F2B and this is what I have found: The airframe is one of the six original F2B frames found in a barn at Weston-on-the-Green in the 1960s which were transferred to the RAF Museum. The fuselage bears constructorâ€™s number 7434 and was built in 1917 as RFC F4516, serving with No.13 Squadron. The Fighter Collection at Duxford acquired the fuselage in a trade with the RAF Museum in 1989 and Skyport Engineering were contracted to restore it in May 1991. Trading with the Shuttleworth Collection provided an upper wing, further tail components, flying controls including rudder bar, undercarriage and tailskid structure. Skysport Engineering provided complete original instruments and an aero Vickers machine-gun. Aero Vintage provided the original Lewis gun, together with a No.2 Scarff ring. By October 1992 the basic airframe restoration was completed, incorporating over 60% original wooden components. New woodwork was varnished in a distinguishing shade. All of the steel parts were recovered, apart from new flying wires, which were made to original patterns. The Rolls-Royce Falcon Mark 3 engine was acquired from the Prague Technical Museum in a complex trade that included a rare Grand Prix Bugatti engine & supercharger parts and an early Liberty aero engine. The propeller is an original, purchased at Christies. The Shuttleworth Collection overhauled the engine with The Fighter Collection providing industrial and technical back up and sourcing of parts. A radiator was made to original drawings and pattern, as were oil and fuel tanks, plus cowls. As precise information on the aircraft's original markings was lacking, the restorers decided to paint the Biff in the colourful markings of D-8084, an F2B of 139 Squadron, which fought at Villaverla in Italy during 1918. The restored aircraft first flew in June 1998 and its civil registration was G-ACAA.