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When a single Voisin 5 was analyzed in Russia in early 1916, several improvements were made, including a new nacelle, moving the observer to the front seat, and a self-sealing fuel tank. When tested in April it was found to be 20 km/h (12 mph) faster than the original and was moved into production in the Anatra plant. At least 150 were built, with first deliveries in late 1916.[1] At the front it was found to be somewhat unstable and several accidents occurred.[4] The fault in many cases was poor construction methods, and the failures damaged the reputation of the aircraft and the entire the Anatra firm.

Anatra "Ivanov Voisin"
Role Bomber/Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Anatra
Introduction late 1916
Primary user Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Number built 150[1]
Developed from Voisin 5
Wingspan 14.7 m (48 ft 2 in) [2]
Engine 150hp Salmson P9 radial
Armament front flexible MG
Crew 2
Max Speed 125 km/h (78 mph)[3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 8:24[3]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 18:00[2]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 47:00 [3]
Ceiling 3,500 m (11,500 ft)[3][2]
Endurance 3:18 [2]

It was variously known as the Anatra I.V. and Anatra V.I. [5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Voisin V.



Miniatures and ModelsEdit

A Voisin 5 makes an adequate substitute, though the observer is in the wrong seat.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Davilla, p.556.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lamberton, pp.228-229.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Durkota, p.344.
  4. Durkota, p.340.
  5. Lamberton, p.177.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • Alan Durkota, Thomas Darcey, and Victor Kulikov. The Imperial Russian Air Service. Flying Machines Press, 1995. ISBN 0-9637110-2-4
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.