Voisin 8

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Voisin 8
Voisin VIII NARA 17342123.jpg
Role Bomber/Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Voisin
Introduction Nov 1916 [1]
Primary user Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Number built ~1100 [1][2]
Wingspan 17.9 m (58 ft 9 in) [3] to 18.2 m (59 ft 9 in)[4]
Engine 220hp Peugeot 8Aa
Armament front flexible MG or
37mm Hotchkiss cannon
180 kg (400 lb)[1][5] of bombs
Crew 2
Max Speed 118 km/h (73 mph)[6] to 132 km/h (82 mph)[7][4]
Climb 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 17:00[6]-17:20[3]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 32:20[3]
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 66:00[3]
Ceiling 4,300 m (14,100 ft) [7][3][4]
Range 350 km (220 mi)[6]
Endurance 4:00 [7][3][4]

Lack of good mid-war alternatives forced French authorities to try to extend the lifetime of the Voisin 3 and Voisin 5 two-seat pushers. The 300hp Hispano-Suiza engine was desired, but shortages forced the Voisin 8 to use the 220hp Peugeot 8Aa instead. This larger and heavier engine necessitated a larger airframe. The Type 8's served from November 1916 through late 1917, when they were phased out in favor of the Voisin 10. The factory designated the Type 8 as the BN2 or the LAP, and a cannon-armed variant was also produced, the "LBP". [1]

While better armed and with better performance that its predecessors, the Peugeot engine was troublesome, a problem that was addressed in the Voisin 10.[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Voisin VIII.

Timeline [note 1]

Game Data

Wings of Glory

Unofficial Stats
Version Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
LAP (Lewis) 16Q4-18Q3 XD B (360° high) 14 10 7
LBP (cannon) XD C/- 14 10 7

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale

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References

Notes
  1. Plane counts are approximate and based of escadrille usage in Davilla'97.
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Davilla, p.559.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Angelucci, p.76.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Lamberton, p.218-220.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Angelucci, p.68.
  5. Lamberton, p.102.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Davilla, p.561.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Munson, p.21.
Bibliography
  • 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.
  • 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