Technical data
Type Farman-XV
Function Reconnaissater
Year 1912
Crew 2
Engines 1*100hp Monosaupape
Length 9.92m
Wingspan 17.75/11.42m
Wing area 52.18m2
Empty weight 544kg
Loaded weight 864kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) 16.5
Power load (kg/hp) 8.6
Speed at 0m 96km/h
Armament
Guns 1*mg Maxim
Bombs ?

Farman-XV, Farman

V.P.Poplavko in his armed Farman-XV (64k), "History of aircraft construction in the USSR" by V.B.Shavrov, Vol.1 p.146

First of Farman's in Russian service equipped with normal cockpit. Construction includes both wood (wings) and steel tube (tail booms) elements. Lower wing is much smaller than the upper one, outer panels supported by kingposts.

Designed as a reconnaissater in 1912. There were plans to protect it with armor, but large weight of this protection resulted in abandoning of armored Farman-XV. In 1913 V.P.Poplavko used this aircraft for first (in Russia) experiments with machinegun (Maxim) installation (see picture).

18 Farman-XV's were built at Dux factory, different from French built aircraft by slightly increased wingspan. Farman-XV did not find wide use, smaller and lighter Farman-XVI,XX,XXII were preferred by Russian aviators.



References:
  • "History of aircraft construction in the USSR", Vol.1 p.145;

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