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At long last the French fielded a indigenous heavy bomber on July 30, 1918 in the form of the Farman F.50. It was powered by two 240 or 275hp Lorraine engines in aluminum-covered nacelles. A crew of three was carried, with the front observer alternating time between the twin cockpit and the front gunner position. At the time of armistice, forty-five F.50's were in service, operating in night raids against railroad stations and other targets, especially during October and November when roughly 4,000 kg (8,800 lb) of bombs were dropped on each run.

Farman F.50
Farman f50.jpg
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Farman
First flight June 1918[1]
Introduction July 1918[1]
Primary user Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Number built ~45
Wingspan 22.9 m (75 ft) [2]
Engine 2×240-275hp Lorraine inline
Armament forward flexible Lewis MG and
rear flexible Lewis MG
440–500 kg (960–1,100 lb)[2][3] of bombs
Crew 2-3
Max Speed 150 km/h (93 mph)[4]
Climb 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 12:30 [5][2]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 22:38[2]
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 44:50[2]
Ceiling 4,750 m (15,600 ft)[5][2]
Range 420 km (260 mi)[5]
Endurance 4:00[2]

After the war, thirteen F.50 were sold to Mexico, where they were used effectively against rebel forces.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Farman F.50.

Timeline [note 1]

 

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
18Q3-18Q4 Y B/B 21 11 6

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Notes
  1. Plane counts are approximate and based of escadrille usage in Davilla'97.
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Davilla, p.251.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Lamberton, p.218-220.
  3. Lamberton, p.99.
  4. Davilla, p.254.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Davilla, p.244.
Bibliography
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027