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Voisin 5
1915VoisinLA5B2.jpg
Role Bomber/Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Voisin
Introduction early 1915
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Number built 350[1] to ~400 (France)[2]
~150 Russia[3]
Variants Anatra "Ivanov Voisin", Voisin 6
Wingspan 14.7 m (48 ft 4 in) [4][5]
Engine 150hp Salmson P9 radial
Armament front flexible MG or
front flexible 37mm cannon
50 kg (110 lb) of bombs[4]
Crew 2
Max Speed 105 km/h (65 mph)[6][5] to 109 km/h (68 mph)[7]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 10:00[4]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 22:00[7]-23:00[4]
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 45:00[4]
Ceiling 3,500 m (11,500 ft) [6][5]
Endurance 3:30[6][4][5] to 4:00[7]

While the Voisin 3 had proved a successful design, it could not easily mount the new 150hp Salmson P9 radial engine. The Voisin 5 was created in response, with a more streamlined central nacelle, wider-chord wings, and a stronger undercarriage. Its factory designation was the "LAS" ("LBS" with the cannon). Roughly 400 were built, and they were used by many escadrilles starting in early 1915. It served widely until the type was gradually replaced with Farman F.40's, Sopwith Strutters, and Breguet 14's from mid 1916 to late 1916. In Serbia, French units continued to use the Voisin 5 through the middle of 1917.[2]

Some Voisin 5 and 6 aircraft were modified for ground attack and carried a 37mm Hotchkiss cannon instead of a machine gun.

A single Voisin 5 was analyzed and improved in Russia and Anatra began building the "Ivanov Voisin".

For more information, see Wikipedia:Voisin V.

Timeline [note 1] [note 2]

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Unofficial Stats
Version Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
LAS with MG Jan15-Nov16 XC B/- 10 9 7
LBS with cannon XC C/- 10 9 7
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Notes
  1. British usage numbers are approximate, derived from the squadron histories.[8]
  2. Plane counts are approximate and based of escadrille usage in Davilla'97.
  3. Updated card
Citations
  1. Angelucci, p.73.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Davilla, p.552.
  3. Davilla, p.556.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Lamberton, p.218-220.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Angelucci, p.66.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Munson, p.20.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Davilla, p.554.
  8. Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
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
  • Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2