Farman F.170 Jabiru

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F.170 Jabiru
Role airliner
Manufacturer Farman
First flight 1925
Produced 1925-1929
Number built 18

The Farman F.170 Jabiru was a 1925 single-engine airliner evolved from the F.121 Jabiru, built by the Farman Aviation Works.

Design and development[edit]

The F.170 Jabiru was a single-engine evolution of the 1923 F.3X/F.121. In the early 1920s, there was a strong prejudice in favour of single-engine airliners. Since even multi-engine aircraft could not keep flying in the likely event that an engine went out, it was considered that a single engine offered just as much security and a greater ease of maintenance.

The F.170 could carry up to 8 passengers and was an ungainly sesquiplane with a rectangular upper wing of constant profile. Its construction was of traditional wood and fabric. Since the aircraft was quite low on its wheels, it was often derisively called the ventre-à-terre (belly to the ground). The first flight took place in 1925.

The improved F.170bis, introduced in 1927, incorporated some metal construction and could carry 9 passengers. The F.171bis was joined by the one and only F.171.


An 8-passenger seaquiplane powered by a 370 kW (500 hp) Farman 12 We engine, 13 built.
9-passenger airliner; an F.170 incorporating some metal construction, four built.
A long-range derivative developed for a crossing of the North Atlantic, one built.

Operational history[edit]

The F.170 and F.170bis were used exclusively by the Farman airlines (Société Générale de Transport Aérien) from May 1926 and used on the Paris-Cologne-Berlin route. When the SGTA was incorporated in the newly created Air France airline on 7 October 1933, some five F.170 were still being used.



Specifications (F.170)[edit]

Data from Histoire Mondiale des Avions de Ligne[1]

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 8 passengers
  • Length: 11.75 m (38 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.01 m (52 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.20 m (10 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 52.50 m² (565 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 1800 kg (3,965 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 3319 kg (7,310 lb)
  • Powerplant: × 1 x 500-hp Farman 12 We, (300 hp) each



  1. ^ Pelletier, Alain (1908). "Histoire mondiale des avions de ligne depuis 1908". Boulogne-Billancourt, France: ETAI. ISBN 978-2-7268-9367-8. 

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