Farman F.430

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F.430
Role Light transport monoplane
Manufacturer Farman Aviation Works
First flight 1934
Number built 3

The Farman F.430 was a 1930s French light transport designed and built by the Farman Aviation Works. Two variants with different engines were known as the F.431 and F.432.

Design and development[edit]

The F.430 was a low-wing cantilever monoplane with a tail-wheel landing gear. It was powered by two wing-mounted de Havilland Gipsy Major piston engines. The enclosed cockpit and cabin had room for a pilot and five passengers. The prototype F-ANBY appeared in 1934 and the F.431 variant with 185hp (138kW) Renault Bengali-Six inverted piston engines was exhibited at the 1934 Paris Salon de l'Aeronautique. A further variant with 180hp (134kW) Farman radial engines was designated the F.432.

After the company had been nationalised and became part of SNCAC a variant with a retractable landing gear (designated the Centre 433) was completed. The F.430 and two F.431s were used by Air Service between Paris and Biarritz.

Variants[edit]

F.430
Prototype with 130hp (97kW) de Havilland Gipsy Major I inline piston engines, one built.
F.431
Variant with 185hp (138kW) Renault 6Pdi inverted piston engines, two built.
F.432
Variant with 180hp (134kW) Farman radial engines or Renault 6Q-06 engines, two built and two converted from the F.431s.
Centre 433
Retractable landing gear version of the F.431, powered by 220 hp (160 kW) Renault 6Q-06 / Renault 6Q-O7 engines (left and right hand rotation), one built / converted, flying for the first time in December 1938.

Operators[edit]

 France

Specifications (F.430)[edit]

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 1759

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 5 passengers
  • Length: 11.70 m (38 ft 4½ in)
  • Wingspan: 15.40 m (50 ft 6¼ in)
  • Height: 2.82 m (9 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 36 m2 (387.51 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1306 kg (2879 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2200 kg (4850 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × de Havilland Gipsy Major 4-cylinder inverted inline piston, 97 kW (130 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 210 km/h (130 mph)
  • Range: 1000 km (621 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 4500 m (14,765 ft)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


References[edit]