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N 2 B 89 C 1 E Aug 21, 2019 F Aug 22, 2019
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In 1912 the Voisin firm built their Type L reconnaissance biplane pusher, first with the Le Rhône 9C rotary engine rated at 80 hp. Later in 1913, they introduced another version of the Type L this time fitted with a Gnôme 7A rotary engine rated at 70 hp. The French Army ordered 70 machines total of the Type L, where it is not known how many exactly were ordered of each version. These different powered versions were identified in the French army as the Voisin Type I (Le Rhône powered) and Type II (Gnôme powered).
Individual machines were coded on the (invisible here) within the order range of V1 - V70.
Externally these machines were similar safe the engines fitted, which were both rotary engines. The engine is seen surrounded by a metal round construction mainly to limit the spreading of lubrication oil over the machine. Mark the enormous fuel tank fitted right behind the two man crew.
The remarkably fact is that the basic pusher configuration was used for all Voisin Types till the end of the war. Types were continually developed and ran from Type I till Type X (Type 10). No records seem to have survived about exact numbers, but as the highest V number was in the neighbourhood of V3600 total numbers will be near 3600 (!) during the war.

Tags:   1913 Biplane Pusher Type I Type II Type L Voisin reconnaissance

N 3 B 174 C 1 E Aug 15, 2019 F Aug 20, 2019
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One of the frequent seen views of the Fokker D,VII on exposition at the Musée de l'Armée in Paris. The exposition of this late production sample of the Fokker D.VII single seat fighter may have been the last exposition in the Musée de l'Armée, just before the end of the war or maybe just after the armistice.

The Fokker D.VII is completely intact with no overpainting of registrations, which makes it easy to identify this machine as a Fokker D.VII (Alb) which has 6852/18. It is one of the machines from an order for 250 machines [D 6650/18 - D 6899/18] ordered and licence built by Albatros.
As this batch of 250 machines was the 3rd series ordered, some searching gives that the second series licence built by Albatros was for 400 D.VII machines. The first series ordered was also for 400 D.VII. In all Albatros built according to this record the astonishing number of 1050 Fokker D.VII in licence.

For good measure some small German cannons, mortars etc. were grouped together for the exposition with the Fokker D.VII.

Tags:   1918 D.VII Fokker Hotel des Invalides Musée de l'Armée exposition war booty

N 6 B 267 C 1 E Aug 17, 2019 F Aug 18, 2019
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The two-men crew posing before their crashed Farman F.60 Bn2 night bomber. Although the reason for the crash is not given, they have been unlucky in setting the machine on the ground. The undercarriage is torn loose from the wing, resulting in a a nose down position scraping over the ground. In this completely uncontrollable situation at least the left wing scraped the ground resulting in wrecked wing. Finally the machine came to a standstill with the tail high. During the ordeal some bushes or trees were taken away in the crash.
The emergency landing may have started with landing on a seemingly sufficiently level piece of ground where some hidden ditch was enough to break the undercarriage.
The crew looks all-right a tribute to the solid construction of the Farman. Their chief designer at the time belonged firmly to the class of functional designers, who favoured angular lines and had no business to rounded wingtips or curved tail sections.

The Farman F.60 bomber, heavily based on the civilian Farman Goliath design, was developed continuously becoming for instance the F.62 Bn4, F.68 Bn4 etc.
It was exported and licence built world wide, for instance in Japan, Poland.
The F.60 design was also built as a floatplane for the French navy and further developed specifically for the Navy.

Tags:   1925 Biplane Bomber F.60 Farman Glass plate Night bomber accident

N 8 B 450 C 1 E Aug 14, 2019 F Aug 15, 2019
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A glass plate negative, one of a serie of five, documenting the emergency landing of a Farman F.60 Bn2 (Bn2 - Bombardier de nuit / Night bomber with a crew of two) sometime between 1920 and 1925, somewhere in France. Although the machine looks quite damaged I think it will be repaired and flown again.

The photographer lined the villagers before the crashed airplane, which must have been the talk of the town then.

Tags:   1925 Biplane Bomber F.60 Farman Glass plate Night bomber accident

N 3 B 349 C 0 E Jun 4, 2015 F Aug 13, 2019
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The last bomber built before the start of the 1940-45 war, the Fokker T.IX. Only a protype was built which first flew on 11 September 1939. This prototype was seized by the Germans in May 1940, who were not interested in the machine as they judged their own bombers of superior design.

Tags:   1939 Fokker In flight T.IX prototype


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