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

F
irst 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 armour, 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" by V.B.Shavrov, Vol.1 p.145;
  • 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 16.5kg/m2
    Power load 8.6kg/hp
    Speed at 0m 96km/h
    Armament
    Guns 1*mg Maxim
    Bombs ?
    Modified December 1, 1997
    by Alexandre Savine;
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