Farman F.211

The Farman F.211 was a prototype four-engined bomber that was developed just before the large and more successful but otherwise similar F.221/ F.222. The F.211 was designed in response to a French Air Ministry specification issued in 1929 for a four-seat night bomber.

It was a standard Farman design for the period, and shared the same basic layout as the earlier F.121 Jabiru. The aircraft had an angular fuselage, with a high mounted wing and four engines carried in two nacelles (each with one puller and one pusher engine). The nacelles were mounted on the end of short stub-wings carried at the base of the fuselage, and were connected to the upper wings by braces. The fixed undercarriage was attached to the base of the nacelles.

The Farman F.211 made its maiden flight early in 1932, but by this point work must already have been well advanced on the much larger F.220, which used more powerful engines. Work on the F.211 design continued for some time, and the modified F.212 appeared in 1934, but neither design progressed past the prototype stage.

Engine: Four Gnone-Rhone 7Kcrs 7-cylinder radial engine
Power: 300hp each
Crew: 4
Wing span: 75ft 5.5in
Length: 52ft 2in
Height: 13ft 10.25in
Empty Weight: 11,133lb (equipped)
Maximum take-off Weight: 16,314lb
Max Speed: 137mph
Cruising Speed:
Service Ceiling: 16,405ft
Range: 621 miles
Armament: Twin 0.303in guns in nose and dorsal positions, one 0.303in gun in ventral position
Bomb-load: 2,315lb

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (3 May 2011), Farman F.211 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_farman_F211.html

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