Thanks to my Air & Cosmos buddy Guillaume Steuer for reminding me that today is the 50th anniversary of the Transall’s first flight.
“Nord test pilot Jean Lanvario made the successful first flight of the C. 160 Transall from Melun Villaroche on February 25, remaining airborne for 55min. The aircraft has been jointly designed and built by Nord, Hamburger Flugzeugbau and Weser Flugzeugbau, and a pre-production batch has been ordered by the French and German governments. The next two aircraft are being assembled by the two German companies.
Powered by two Rolls-Royce Tyne RTy.20s giving 5,665 h.p. each, the Transall will cruise at 270kt and have a range of 2,800 miles. Military payload will be 33,1001b and civil 35,2751b. Various military and civil versions are proposed, including some with RB.162 jet-lift or jet lift/propulsion (swivel-nozzle) pods.”