F.6 Forlanini Airship
F.6 Forlanini Airship

This is a complete list of Forlanini airships designed and built by the Italian pioneer Enrico Forlanini from 1900 to 1931 (posthumously).[1] These, like the German Groß-Basenach semi-rigid airships, were the first to have the gondola attached to the envelope, to reduce air resistance.[2]

F.1 Leonardo da Vinci

Construction started in 1900 collaboration with Cesare del Fabbro. Its first flight in 1909 was one year after the first Italian semi-rigid flight by Gaetano Arturo Crocco. Like all the Forlanini airships, except the Omnia Dir, the empennage comprised groups of multiple planes at the poop and at the tail.[2]

F.2 Città di Milano

F.2's gondola was divided in three compartments: the command cabin, passenger cabin, and machine room. For safety all the material was treated with a fire suppressant and the envelope was double-skinned.[2]

F.3 Città di Milano II




Omnia Dir

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Lapini, Gian Luca
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l editors of Italian wikipedia
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h New York Times
  4. ^ New York Times has 1912.#Tim
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Ligugnana, Sandro
  6. ^ New York Times wrote F-4 appeared in 1916.#Tim
  7. ^ New York Times claimed 700,000 cubic feet (20,000 m3).#Tim
  8. ^ New York Times wrote payload reduces to 13,000 pounds (5,900 kg) at 7,000 feet (2,100 m) and 8,000 pounds (3,600 kg) at 13,000 feet (4,000 m).#Tim