Farman F-68 Goliath in Polish Service
Poland bought 32 aircraft of this type in 1925 with the intention of equipping with Farman F-68BN4 her bomber aviation. The gargantuan aircraft had numerous weak points, which caused quick withdrawal from first-line bomber flights (eskadry bombowe) of the 1. Aviation Regiment in Warsaw. The Goliath was very slow (cruising speed was merely 120 km/h), difficult to fly during windy weather, unable to keep level flight in case of an engine failure. Her huge dimensions (span: 26, 5 m, length: 14, 7 m and height: 4, 9 m) made hangarage difficult, if possible at all. Thus, the Goliath totally failed as a bomber, but it was used for navigators and the training of parachutists in aviation schools. The last surviving example was an F-68 in CWL (Centrum Wyszkolenia Lotnictwa) in Deblin in 1934. The planes were painted overall olive-green with white type designation on the rudder, above the national insignia, and with large white marking on the rear fuselage. It consisted of P and an individual number. There are archive photographs dealing with this aircraft and parachuting in gallery Farman F-68 Goliath Parachute Training In Interwar Poland.