The Farman F.180 was a French designed and manufactured airliner, which first flew in November 1927. It was powered by a pair of Farman 12 water-cooled piston engines arranged in an unusual push-pull configuration.
Designed to seat 24 passengers, it was originally planned to use the aircraft on non-stop Paris to New York services. When this proved unfeasible, it was deployed on flights around Europe operated by Société Générale des Transports Aériens (SGTA), the airline owned by the Farman brothers.
Farman F.180 Video
Following on from the last video about the Handley Page Hermes, this time we stay in Europe for a look at the Farman F.180. This black and white film runs for around 40 seconds and shows the aircraft in action on the ground.
While the engines are running, it looks like the airframe is incomplete, as the nosecone does not appear to be attached. Still, the unusual push-pull configuration of the powerplant is well shown, which is interesting.
More Farman F.180 Facts
Curiously, the range of the Farman F.180 is listed at just 1,000km (with a 2,000kg payload), so it seems a little strange that they had ambitions to fly across the Atlantic ocean. You would have thought that calculation would have been easy, but then again it was the 1920s and aviation was still in its infancy.
The cabin was quite wide for the time, featuring three abreast seating and plenty of space. With a cruising speed of 170km/h, the aircraft wasn’t fast and leisurely flights were certainly the name of the game. Even so, that would have been considered quite sprightly for the time.
Just three Farman F.180s were built and all operated for the airline owned by the Farman brothers. That is probably why you’ve never heard of the plane, as I hadn’t until minutes before I wrote this. A full technical description made by the US Government, which is quite fascinating, is available here.
It seems that the airline SGTA was rolled into Air France upon that airline’s formation in 1933. Did the F.180 operate then too? I am not really able to confirm that, but it’s possible.
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