Anatra "Ivanov Voisin"

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Anatra "Ivanov Voisin"
Role Bomber/Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Anatra
Introduction late 1916
Primary user Russia
Number built 150[1]
Developed from Voisin 5
Wingspan 14.7 m (48 ft 2 in) [2]
Engine 150hp Salmson P9 radial
Armament front flexible MG
Crew 2
Max Speed 125 km/h (78 mph)[3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 8:24[3]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 18:00[2]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 47:00 [3]
Ceiling 3,500 m (11,500 ft)[3][2]
Endurance 3:18 [2]

When a single Voisin 5 was analyzed in Russia in early 1916, several improvements were made, including a new nacelle, moving the observer to the front seat, and a self-sealing fuel tank. When tested in April it was found to be 20 km/h (12 mph) faster than the original and was moved into production in the Anatra plant. At least 150 were built, with first deliveries in late 1916.[1] At the front it was found to be somewhat unstable and several accidents occurred.[4] The fault in many cases was poor construction methods, and the failures damaged the reputation of the aircraft and the entire the Anatra firm.

It was variously known as the Anatra I.V. and Anatra V.I. [5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Voisin V.


Miniatures and Models

A Voisin 5 makes an adequate substitute, though the observer is in the wrong seat.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Davilla, p.556.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lamberton, pp.228-229.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Durkota, p.344.
  4. Durkota, p.340.
  5. Lamberton, p.177.
  • 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. ISBN 9780900435027