Felixstowe F.5
1918
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Felixstowe F.5

The F.3 was a development of the F.2A, with some of the former aircraft's agility being sacrificed for longer range and heavier bomb load. Approximately the same number of F.3s were built as the slightly smaller F.2As, but served in the Mediterranean as well as. from British stations. Post-war deliveries to the RAF were made as the F.5 and this became the standard reconnaissance type for several years, but was inferior to both the F.2A and F.3. A Liberty-powered variant went into production in America as the F.5L and the Japanese Navy received a small number. One company that produced F.5s, Gosport Aircraft, attempted to market a version as the Gosport G.5 for use as a passenger, mail or freight carrier, or for firefighting and transport duties in Canada and the USA, initially under the direction of Porte who had joined the staff in 1919.

Felixstowe F.5


Specification 
 MODELF.5
 ENGINE2 x Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII, 261kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight5752 kg12681 lb
    Empty weight4128 kg9101 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan31.60 m104 ft 8 in
    Length15.01 m49 ft 3 in
    Height5.72 m19 ft 9 in
    Wing area130.90 m21408.99 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed142 km/h88 mph
    Ceiling2075 m6800 ft
 ARMAMENT4 x 7.7m machine-guns, 417kg of bombs

Felixstowe F.5

Comments
Brian Johnston, 27.05.2012

There is a beautifully restored nose section of one of thesse hulls in at the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum. It was apparently rescued from an ignominious fate being used as a garden shed!

Brian Johnston

Ray McAllister, 15.03.2010

I am pretty sure my dad was engineer/mechanic on this flying boat in WW I. I have a picture of him showing part of the aircraft and we had half a Libertyy engine piston as an ashtray at our house till we persuaded Dad to give up smoking. The Liberty was later war surplus and used by Gar Wood in Miss America and Miss Liberty racing boats, and in a number of yachts which neede a relatively large HP engine weighing less than the ordinary engines of the day. They were probably thw first aircraft used by Aeromarine Airways, the predecessor of Pan American, with routes from Miami to Havana, Nassau, Long Island Sound and Algonac, Michigan.

Ray McAllister, 15.03.2010

I am pretty sure my dad was engineer/mechanic on this flying boat in WW I. I have a picture of him showing part of the aircraft and we had half a Libertyy engine piston as an ashtray at our house till we persuaded Dad to give up smoking. The Liberty was later war surplus and used by Gar Wood in Miss America and Miss Liberty racing boats, and in a number of yachts which neede a relatively large HP engine weighing less than the ordinary engines of the day. They were probably thw first aircraft used by Aeromarine Airways, the predecessor of Pan American, with routes from Miami to Havana, Nassau, Long Island Sound and Algonac, Michigan.

Ray McAllister, 15.03.2010

I am pretty sure my dad was engineer/mechanic on this flying boat in WW I. I have a picture of him showing part of the aircraft and we had half a Libertyy engine piston as an ashtray at our house till we persuaded Dad to give up smoking. The Liberty was later war surplus and used by Gar Wood in Miss America and Miss Liberty racing boats, and in a number of yachts which neede a relatively large HP engine weighing less than the ordinary engines of the day.

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