04/30/2012: In 1921, Farman started work on a Très Gros Porteur (very heavy lifter) extrapolation of the F.60 Goliath series of the First World War. This F.140 first flew in April 1924 as a very large biplane with four 500 hp Farman 12We (later replaced by similarly rated Lorraine 12Db) in-line engines located as a tandem tractor/pusher pair on each lower wing. The type was intended for research into the carriage of heavy bomb loads, and on two days in November 1925 the type captured twelve world records for endurance and altitude with 8,818 and 13,228 lb (4,000 and 6,000 kg) loads.
The French air service ordered three examples of the F.140 Super Goliath for experiments into the delivery of heavy bomb loads over great ranges. The type was used solely for these experimental purposes, but six improved F.141 service test model aircraft did see limited squadron service. However, in 1930 a Super Goliath crashed after a disastrous structural failure, and as a result all F.60, F.140 and F.160 series aircraft were grounded and scrapped.
Armament consisted of two 0.303 in (7.7 mm) trainable machineguns, and up to 3,307 lb (1,500 kg) of bombs. The Super Goliath was fitted with side-by-side wheels under the forward fuselage to prevent nosing over after a landing on soft ground.