Caudron C.230
1930
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C.232

The prototype Caudron C.230 made its maiden flight in November 1930 piloted by Raymond Delmotte. Designed by Paul Deville, it was a two-seat light biplane with equal-span unstag-gered single-bay wings. The upper wing centre-section was braced to the fuselage by four short vertical steel-tube struts; the outer panels, which could be folded, had a pair of vertical spruce inter-plane struts on each side. Ailerons were fitted on the lower wing only. The wooden fuselage structure was fabric-covered, and the cantilever tailplane had a wood frame and was plywood-covered. Each main unit of the wide-track fixed landing gear incorporated a vertical compression leg.

The C.230 was powered by a 71kW Salmson radial engine and enjoyed some success in the French market for light touring and sports aircraft. Production totalled 15, to be followed by a number of variants. The C.230 series took part in practically every sporting aircraft rally or contest in France from 1931 onwards and the type appeared frequently elsewhere in Western Europe.

Variants

Caudron C.232: a total of 50 of this version was built; it was powered by a Renault 4Pb inline engine in place of the Salmson radial of the same horsepower; the fuselage had plywood covering

Caudron C.232/2: three built; same as C.232 but with wheel brakes

Caudron C.232/4: seven completed: identical to C.232/2 except improved equipment

Caudron C.233: single prototype to take unsuccessful Michel AM-16 engine; later fitted with Salmson engine, thus becoming a C.230

Caudron C.235: one airframe fitted with a German Argus As 8R 75kW inline for French Air Ministry tests of this engine


Specification 
 ENGINE1 x 71kW Renault 4Pb inline piston engine
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight700 kg1543 lb
    Empty weight420 kg926 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan11 m36 ft 1 in
    Length7.87 m26 ft 10 in
    Wing area24 m2258.33 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed165 km/h103 mph
    Ceiling4000 m13100 ft

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