Farman F.40

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Farman F.40
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Farman
Designer Henri & Maurice Farman
Introduction June 1915 [1]
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Roundel of Belgium.svg Belgium
Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Variants F.41, F.43
Wingspan 17.6 m (57 ft 10 in) [2][3][4]
Engine 135hp Renault 8C or other[note 1]
Armament front flexible Lewis [5]
210–240 kg (462–539 lb)[4] of bombs
Crew 2
Max Speed 130 km/h (80 mph)[4]-135 km/h (84 mph)[6][7][3]
Climb 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 15:00[6][2]-18:00[4]
9,800 ft (3,000 m) in 24:00[2]
Ceiling 4,050 m (13,300 ft)[6][7] to 16,000 ft (4,900 m)[2][3]
Range 420 km (260 mi)[6]
Endurance 2:20 [6][7][2][3] to 3:00[4]

In 1915 the Farman brothers were asked to cooperate on a plane design to replace the MF.11, and the Farman F.40 was the result. It mixed design elements from the M.F. and H.F. lines. Large numbers of F.40s were built between mid-1915 and mid-1916, but by autumn 1916 it was obvious they were obsolete. Though the intention was to replace MF.11s, there was never enough aircraft to go around and the two frequently served side-by-side. The F.40 became a very important plane for the French air force, because it filled the gap between the early Farmans and the much-improved planes that arrived in late 1917 and early 1918 such as the Breguet 14 and Salmson 2.

Several variants were built with different engines, armoring, and floats, including the F.40bis with the 160hp Renault 8Gc.

The were used in small numbers by many Entente combatants: Belgium (10), Italy (license-built by Savoia), Norway (12), Portugal (5), Romania (20), Russia (where they were disliked) (20), Serbia (about a dozen), the RNAS (50). [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Farman F.40.

Timeline [note 2] [note 3]

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
15Q4-18Q2 XD B 11 10 7
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  1. Alternatives include 160hp and 200hp Renault, 140hpo deDion Bouton, and 170hp Lorraine.[4]
  2. Plane counts are approximate and based of escadrille usage in Davilla'97.
  3. British usage numbers are approximate, derived from the squadron histories.[8]
  4. Updated card
  1. 1.0 1.1 Davilla, p.233.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lamberton, p.218-220.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Angelucci, p.66.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Ferry'14, p.59.
  5. Lamberton, p.88.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Davilla, p.240.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Munson, p.23.
  8. Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • Ferry, Vital. French Aviation During the First World War. Paris: Histoire and Collections, 2014. ISBN 978-2-35250-370-5
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711
  • Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2