Farman F.160

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F.160 Goliath
Farman F.160 left side L'Air March 15,1928.jpg
Farman F.160
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Farman
First flight 1928
Primary user Aéronautique Maritime
Number built c. 250

The Farman F.160 was a heavy bomber aircraft developed in France in the late 1920s. It was essentially an attempt by Farman Aviation Works to modernise its tremendously successful F.60 Goliath design of the immediately postwar years. The most noticeable external difference was the larger tailfin of the new aircraft. Like its predecessor, it was a large three-bay biplane of conventional configuration with unstaggered wings of equal span. Initially conceived as a heavy night bomber, most examples built were float-equipped torpedo bombers for the Aéronautique Maritime, which operated some 40 of the F.165 variant and 200 of the F.168. One of the original F.160 night bombers was exported to Italy, and one to Japan. Plans to develop airliner versions did not progress past the prototype stage.


Four-seat night bomber with two 370 kW (500 hp) Farman 12We engines, designated F.160 BN.4 by Aviation Militaire.
One airliner with 2x 360 kW (480 hp) Gnome-Rhône 9Akx engines and one bomber similar to the F.160, powered by 2x 370 kW (500 hp) Farman 12Wers engines.
One prototype airliner with 2x 360 kW (480 hp) Gnome-Rhône 9Akx engines.
Airliner with 2x 280 kW (380 hp) Gnome-Rhône 9Aa engines.
Seaplane torpedo bomber with 2x Gnome-Rhône 9A or 9Aa engines.
2x 170 kW (230 hp) Salmson 9Ab engines.
Seaplane torpedo bomber with 2x 310 kW (420 hp) Gnome-Rhône 9Aa engines.
Seaplane torpedo bomber with Gnome-Rhône 9Akx engines; main production version, 200 built.
Improved airliner version with Gnome-Rhône 9Akx engines.
One F.168 fitted with 2x supercharged 370 kW (500 hp) Salmson 18 Abs engines.
One F.169 fitted with floats and modified wings as a sesquiplane seaplane.
One F.168 re-engined with 2x 400 kW (530 hp) Gnome-Rhône 9Kbrs engines.


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  • One aircraft only.

Specifications (F.168)[edit]

Farman F.160 3-view drawing from L'Aérophile-Salon1926

General characteristics

  • Crew: Five
  • Length: 15.18 m (49 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 26.25 m (86 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 6.10 m (20 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 159.6 m2 (1,1718 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 4,600 kg (10,140 lb)
  • Gross weight: 6,800 kg (14,990 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Gnome-Rhône 9Akx, 360 kW (480 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 174 km/h (108 mph)
  • Range: 800 km (500 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,400 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2.1 m/s (410 ft/min)

Related lists


  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 379. ISBN 0-7106-0710-5.
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 894 Sheet 15. ISBN 1-156-94382-5.

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