Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Voisin Type 3

On the morning of October, 5, 1914, French Sergeant pilot Joseph Frantz and mechanic Corporal Quenault in their Voisin biplane spotted a German Aviatik flying at about 3500 ft. He closed on until Quenault found the range and opened fire with a light machine gun. The Aviatik dove away, but Frantz followed, Quenault firing intermittently. The Voisin overshot the quarry; the Aviatik pilot banked and tried to run; Franz reversed and got behind him.
As he tried to climb away, Quenault poured rounds into the German. The Aviatik, riddled with bullets, fell into a dive. Plunging into a copse of trees, it exploded. Thus ended history's first recorded air duel. The unlikely-looking Voisin had prevailed. 

The Voisin pushers performed a variety of missions in the war: reconnaissance, artillery spotting, training, day and night bombing, and ground attack. They were slow and with their pusher configuration, defenseless from the rear. Nonetheless, these rugged and reliable aircraft played a role throughout the war, used as trainers and for night missions after they became obsolete for front-line, daytime missions. By , Mar. 2007. Updated April 16, 2012.

The Voisin was also known as the 'Chicken Coop' because of its profusion of struts and wires.

Manufactured in 1914 by the French company, Compagnie Gabriel Voisin, it was designated as a Light Bomber. It had a 53 foot wingspan and was powered by a 120-horsepower water cooled Salmson M9 engine
Armament was one Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun and 288 pounds of bombs.

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