Henri Farman’s introduction to aviation was in 1907, flying an aircraft built by the Voisin brothers of France. Within months, Farman began modifying the Voisin craft. In November of that year, Farman won the Archdeacon Cup for the first official flight of more than 150 meters by flying 1,030 meters in 1 minute and 14 seconds. The Farman III was unveiled at the 1909 Rheims International Air Meet, where it won distance, altitude and passenger-carrying awards. It had full ailerons which made it controllable by giving roll, or banking, control as well as sprung wheels on the landing skids to come “... to earth most perfectly and with the least shock.” The Farman III was the first aeroplane to fly from England to Ireland. In the interest of flight safety, the Museum’s replica is slightly modified from the original.
Specifications: Span 34 ft. 6 in.; length 43 ft. 6 in.; takeoff weight 1270 lbs. Engine: 50 horsepower Gnome seven-cylinder air-cooled rotary (original); 150 horsepower. Lycoming air-cooled flat four (representation); top speed 45 mph.
Accession no. 1995S01.