Voisin Icare Aero-Yacht

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Voisin Icare Aero-yacht
Voisin aero-yacht.jpg
National origin France
Manufacturer Voisin Frères
Designer Gabriel Voisin
First flight 23 November 1912
Number built 1

The Voisin Icare Aero-yacht was an early flying boat built by Voisin Frères for the oil magnate and promoter of early aviation experimentation Henry Deutsch de la Meurthe. It first flew in 1912.

It was initially built as a four-bay unequal-span biplane. The wings, which had trailing edge ailerons mounted on the upper surfaces only, were mounted on top of a Ricochet motorboat hull. A 200 hp (150 kW) Clerget engine drove a four bladed pusher configuration propeller mounted mid-gap via a chain. The inverted-T configuration empennage was mounted on booms. It carried six passengers, and had provision for an armament of two cannon.

It was later modified by extending the lower wing and fitting inset ailerons to both upper and lower wings.

It was first flown as a landplane on 23 November 1912 at Issy-les-Moulineaux [1] with the full complement of six passengers.


Data from Opdycke 1999 p.270

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 6
  • Length: 12.5 m (41 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 22.5 m (73 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 62.5 m2 (673 sq ft)
  • Gross weight: 2,050 kg (4,519 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Clerget , 150 kW (200 hp)
  • Propellers: 4-bladed


  • Maximum speed: 110 km/h (68 mph; 59 kn)



  • Opdycke, Leonard E French Aeroplanes Before the Great War Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1999 ISBN 0-7643-0752-5