Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Farman F.224





There can be little doubt that the Farman organization was responsible for turning out some of the world's ugliest aircraft. The tradition begun with the ghastly looking Jabiru and earlier Goliath was continued into the 1930s, although on a grander scale. The F.224 was a development of the F.222 and was powered by four 815 h.p. Gnome-Rhone 14K twin-row radials mounted in tandem at the end of stubby wings protruding from the lower fuselage. Although six were ordered for Air France's Paris-London service they were never delivered to the airline, and were diverted to the French Air Force instead. The reason given (by Air France) was that they were already outdated by the time they were delivered. However, Air France rejected the design for safely reasons - it could not fly if one of the engines (2 per prop) stopped. The French military apparently saw the 224 as a potentially useful transport and six aircraft were built and used for this purpose. Missions were planned in WWII but not executed, and one 224 was lost to a Bf-110 in combat




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