Farman H.F.20

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Farman H.F.20
Henry Farman Biplane - Jul 1912.jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Farman
Designer Henri Farman
First flight 1913
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Roundel of Belgium.svg Belgium
RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built ?, 200 in Russia [1]
Variants HF.21, HF.22, HF.23, HF.27
Wingspan 13.7 m (44 ft 10 in) [2]
Engine 80hp Gnome 7A rotary
Armament (sometimes) 1 forward, flexible MG
Crew 2
Max Speed 95 km/h (59 mph)[3]-105 km/h (65 mph)[2][note 1]
Climb 910 m (3,000 ft) in 18:50[2]
1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 20:00
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 55:00[3][note 2]
Ceiling 2,500 m (8,200 ft)[3]
Range 315 km (200 mi)[4][3][2]
Endurance 3:00 [4] to 3:30 [3]

The Henri Farman H.F.20 was used for reconnaissance and army cooperation duties from the start of the war. In France, six escadrilles were equipped with the HF.20 and they flew until early to late 1915 when they were replaced variously with the more robust M.F.7, M.F.11, and Caudron G.3. The HF.20 also formed four Belgian escadrilles. It was most widely used in Russia, where the HF.20 served both for reconnaissance well into 1916 (and long afterward for training). Japan built eight-four between 1916 and 1920.[5]

About three hundred were built in Russia. Dux produced many Farman XXs. [1] The V.V. Slyusarenko Aviation Company of Petrograd produced fifteen Farman HF.20bis.[6]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Farman HF.20.

Timeline [5] [note 3]

Game Data

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
14Q4-17Q4 XC B or - 10 6 8

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Miniatures and Models

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  1. Davilla give 165 km/h (103 mph), but that is likely a typo.[4]
  2. Davilla gives 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 22:00[4]
  3. Numbers are representative, not exact.
  1. 1.0 1.1 Durkota, p.349.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lamberton, p.218-220.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Durkota, p.357.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Davilla, p.211.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Davilla, p.207.
  6. Durkota, p.332.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • Alan Durkota, Thomas Darcey, and Victor Kulikov. The Imperial Russian Air Service. Flying Machines Press, 1995. ISBN 0-9637110-2-4
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.