F.220 file photo [27298]


ManufacturerFarman Aviation Works
Primary RoleHeavy Bomber
Maiden Flight26 May 1932


ww2dbaseThe F.220 high-winged, four-engined monoplanes first took flight in 1932. The prototype F.220 aircraft was eventually sold to Air France, which operated it as a mail plane in the South Atlantic under the name "Le Centaur"; Air France would later purchase additional examples for its commercial use. 10 examples of the next variant, F.221, were delivered to the French Air Force for review in Jun 1936, resulting in a contract for the next variant, F.222 in early 1937. Production ceased in 1938, by which time about 80 aircraft were built across various variants. When the European War began, the French military operated several F.222 and NC.223 aircraft, most of which served with the Air Force, although there were a few examples with the Navy. One of the Navy NC.223 aircraft became the first Allied bomber to bomb Berlin, Germany, which took place in 7 Jun 1940; it dropped 8 250-kilogram bombs and 80 10-kilogram bombs. All F.222 and NC.223 aircraft were relocated to North Africa, where they would serve in transport roles for the remainder of the war, for both Vichy and Free French factions.

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Last Major Revision: Dec 2017

F.220 Timeline

26 May 1932 The Farman F.220 aircraft took its first flight.
7 Jun 1940 A French Navy NC.223 aircraft became the first Allied bomber to bomb Berlin, Germany.
10 Jun 1940 A French Navy NC.223 aircraft bombed Berlin, Germany.
14 Jun 1940 The giant French Farman F.220 bomber "Jules Verne" attacked Italian oil storage tanks at Porto Marghera, Venice, Italy. Eight bombs were dropped and at least one oil tank was seen to be set on fire.
20 Jun 1940 French fighter pilot James Denis commandeered a F.222 bomber, took on 19 passengers, and flew from France to Britain, where the group would later join the Free French Air Force.


MachineryFour Gnome-Rhône 14N-11 radial engines rated at 950hp each
Armament3x7.5mm MAC 1934, 5,190kg bombs
Span36.20 m
Length21.50 m
Height5.20 m
Wing Area188.00 m²
Weight, Empty10,488 kg
Weight, Loaded18,700 kg
Speed, Maximum320 km/h
Speed, Cruising280 km/h
Service Ceiling8,460 m
Range, Normal1,995 km


F.221 aircraft at rest, circa mid-1934F.221 aircraft at rest, date unknownF.221 aircraft in flight, date unknownWrecked French Potez 630 and Farman 220 aircraft at Baalbek, Syria, 1941

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