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A biplane "pusher" developed by the French, the Maurice Farman S.11, more commonly known as the "Shorthorn," lacked the characteristic forward elevator of the Maurice Farman Longhorn. With the nacelle positioned half-way up the interplane struts, the pilot was seated well ahead of the wings and the aircraft was ideally suited to its initial role as a reconnaissance bomber. Adopted by most of the Allied air services, the Shorthorn was often equipped with dual controls and widely used as a trainer throughout much of the war.
Australian Flying Corps: 5
Royal Flying Corps: 16
Maurice Farman S.11 Specifications
Country: France
Type: Reconnaissance/Bomber/Trainer
Entered Service: 1914
Number Built:
Engine(s): Renault air cooled V8, 80 hp
Wing Span: 51 ft 9 in (15.78 m)
Length: 30 ft 6 in (9.3 m)
Height: 10 ft 4 in (3.15 m)
Empty Weight: 1,442 lb (654 kg)
Gross Weight: 2,046 lb (928 kg)
Max Speed: 72 mph (116 km/h)
Crew: 1-2
Armament: None
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