Voisin

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Gabriel and Charles Voisin built a long series of pre-war aeroplanes based on other designer's aeroplanes. Using this experience they began developing their own designs, all evolutionary refinements of their pushers of 1911-1912. Even though the pusher design was obsolete by 1917, planes by Aéroplanes Voisin (Paris) were reliable and continued in use through the end of the war, albeit in the night bomber role where their slow speed was less of a detriment.[1] Voisin aircraft are frequently known by their numeric SFA designation but also by a two or three-letter descriptive code such as 'LBP'.

Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:

References

Notes
  1. One Voisin 9 prototype was built. It was a lightened Voisin 8 intended for reconnaissance. But by 1917, there were much better alternatives available.[2]
  2. About ten Voisin 11s were built near the end of the war. Based on the 10, but with a new engine and other changes, it never saw large-scale production.[3]
  3. A prototype two-seat heavy bomber, the Voisin 12, was built, but it was not selected for production.[4]
Citations
  1. Davilla, p.541
  2. Davilla, p.562.
  3. Davilla, p.566.
  4. Davilla, p.567.
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.