Farman M.F.7 Longhorn


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Farman M.F.7 Longhorn

From 1912 the Maurice Farman-designed M.F.7 served with the French military as well as with many civil and military flying schools in France, Britain and elsewhere in Europe. It was an unequal-span biplane usually fitted with a 52kW Renault engine driving a pusher propeller. Characteristic of the design was the prominent frontal elevator which led to the nickname "Longhorn". Next to the French - who used it initially for reconnaissance duties with seven escadrilles and later for training - the best customers were the RFC and RNAS who received a large number from France and others licence-built in the UK for training duties.

Farman M.F.7 Longhorn

 ENGINE1 x Renault, 51kW
  Take-off weight855 kg1885 lb
  Empty weight580 kg1279 lb
  Wingspan15.5 m51 ft 10 in
  Length11.5 m38 ft 9 in
  Height3.4 m11 ft 2 in
  Wing area60.0 m2645.83 sq ft
  Max. speed90 km/h56 mph

David Arundell, e-mail, 01.04.2022 15:45

Hi all
I am trying to find a 3 view drawing of a Longhorn to build a flying scale replica...So far I have had no success purchasing one.
Any information as to where I might find one would be appreciated.

Kind regards

David Arundell


Anthony Ainslie, e-mail, 22.02.2015 12:40

A Farman, brought in disassembled on a train, flew at 0800 hrs. on 27.11.2014 from a new airstrip at Ismailia built by 1 /KOSB.


Colin Edwards, e-mail, 30.01.2015 03:56

Typically no mention of Australians who flew them to great effect in Mespotania assisting the Indian Flying Corp in attemting to halt the Turkish assault in the Tigris valley in 1915-even during the dreaded shamals. One notable event was the longest taxi ever (about 30km) after the AFC pilot and observer forced down by partial engine failure taxied overland and passed a camp of 2000 turks who probably were too over-awed by this strange contraption they let it pass


Chris, e-mail, 21.11.2011 18:05

One landed at Chucks Farm, Partridge Green, West Sussex, as shown in photo post card. Does anyone have details of why it would have landed there? Hendon to Brighton mail run maybe? Run out of fuel?


josh, 16.11.2011 16:57

this site needs more info


gianni, e-mail, 16.10.2011 20:25

ottima la descrizione però manca la descrizione emagari una foto o disegno del cruscotto con relativi strumenti. a me servirebbe molto poichè stò scrivendo un libro in cui parlo di mio nonno che prese ilbrevetto di pilota proprio su questo aereo nel 1917 a torino. Grazie se me lo inviate!!!!! distinti saluti


Marc Lekeu, e-mail, 25.02.2011 06:32

I ll need the drawings for building a replicat
Yours Marc


Marc Lekeu, e-mail, 25.02.2011 06:29

Dear Sir,
As a Belgian national from Liege,and well experienced pilkot,
I was approched by the Belgian Embassy in Bankok to re live the event which took place in Thailand in 1911,where this Belgian demonstrated the aircraft and resulted for four Thai pilots to undertake training in France.This to mark 100 years of aviation.
I m personaly interested and have spare time on my hand.
Your comment will be apreciated.
Yours Marc Lekeu


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