Posted: 1/8/2010 18:13:04
I am looking into the possibility of building a Farman Sport Biplane. Anyone have any info or know where drawings might be available? The only info I can find is at the NASM Museum.
Dan Leech, Alliance, Ohio
Posted: 1/16/2010 11:29:23
I doubt very much that you will be able to find detailed, full-scale drawings of the Farman Sport, except maybe via the French Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace in Paris. The Smithsonian might also have some documents. Bill Hannan of Hannan's Runway http://www.hrunway.com (a model aircraft shop and site specializing in Peanut- and Pistachio-scale rubber-powered flying model) has a weakness for old French designs and has included a number of Farman designs in his various publications. I am sure he could help you find a three-view and photos that might be useful in making a replica. You might also reach out to the Reseau du Sport de l'Air (RSA), the French version of the EAA, for help. Perhaps a French homebuilder has had the same idea? If nothing else, it would be great fun to make an original-design homebuilt in the spirit of the old Farmans--all straight lines and square-cut surfaces, curves be damned! ;-)
Posted: 1/21/2010 20:19:01
Check with Ken Hyde in Warrenton, Va. I believe he restored the one that Smithsonian owns.
His website is http://www.wrightexperience.com/
Posted: 1/22/2010 10:42:05
You can find early Farman design details in Victor Loughead's book, "Vehicles of the Air," published in 1909 and 1911. Most aviation museums have a copy of the 6" x 8" x 2" thick, blue book. I'm not sure if Farman's Sport is represented, though. I wish you well in your quest...
Posted: 1/22/2010 11:02:06
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Posted: 1/22/2010 22:00:09
There's a restored original in Texas that you could probably go and measure:
Posted: 1/23/2010 08:07:22
The owner of this one in Texas passed away just a few months ago. The airplane was mostly restored by Roger Freeman in Kingsbury TX. Roger would know if drawings exist.
Posted: 5/6/2011 19:43:41
I just returned from the NASM with a similar idea of a quest: to build a Farman Sport. What have you found out so far?
Posted: 5/21/2011 09:21:48
Modified: 5/21/2011 09:31:41
I may know where there is one sitting that a friend started many years ago, but has never finished. It even has an original Anzani engine. Contact me offline as I have been burned by too many unscrupulous guys trying to undercut a serious buyer. I may be wrong in the model of this particular plane as I have not looked at it in a year or two and it seems like it was a one seater and had very limited usefull load. I seem to recall it could only be piloted by someone around 150lbs. which is why I was told about it. I was asked to be the "test" pilot since the owner is over 200lbs. ;)