Caudron C.600 Aiglon


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Caudron C.600 Aiglon

The Caudron C.600 Aiglon (Eaglet) light touring monoplane was the work of the outstanding French aircraft designer of the 1930s, Marcel Riffard. He had taken over the design department of the newly amalgamated Caudron and Renault combine at the end of 1933.

The first of two prototypes made its maiden flight at Issy-les-Moulineaux in March 1935. A low-wing cantilever monoplane with tandem open cockpits, it had the excellent aerodynamic qualities that became associated with all Riffard designs. The Aiglon proved itself with a number of outstanding flights. Andre Japy flew a single-seat C.610 version from Paris to Saigon between 12 and 16 December 1935 at an average speed of 128km/h. The type was especially popular with French women fliers: Mesdames Dupeyron and Lion flew an Aiglon to establish new women's straight-line distance records in 1937 and 1938, while Suzanne Kohn flew her Aiglon from France to Madagascar in 1939.

Construction was entirely of wood, except for fabric covering of the rudder and elevators, the monoplane wing including wide-span trailing-edge flaps. The main units of the non-retractable tail-wheel landing gear incorporated oleo-pneumatic struts, had differential brakes and housed the main wheels in speed fairings. Two baggage compartments were located in front of the forward (passenger's) cockpit. There were variations in the shape of the fin and rudder, three distinct types being used.

Total production of the Aiglon was 203, some being fitted with continuous glazed canopies over the cockpits. The type was particularly popular with French private owners and flying clubs. A number were sold abroad, 14 being exported to Spain, two to Argentina and one to Japan. With the outbreak of war in 1939 many Aiglons were requisitioned by the French government and used as liaison aircraft by the Armee de I'Air. Some 178 of the basic C.600 Aiglon were completed, each powered by a 75kW Renault 4Pgi Bengali Junior.

 ENGINE1 x 75kW Renault 4Pgi Bengali Junior inline piston engine
  Take-off weight880 kg1940 lb
  Empty weight560 kg1235 lb
  Wingspan11.38 m37 ft 4 in
  Length7.64 m25 ft 1 in
  Height2.89 m10 ft 6 in
  Wing area14.51 m2156.18 sq ft
  Max. speed220 km/h137 mph
  Cruise speed190 km/h118 mph
  Ceiling4000 m13100 ft
  Range700 km435 miles

wannyn christian, e-mail, 30.09.2011 23:55

Au M.A.E du Bourget,vous avez un ""AIGLON""partiellement détruit a la suite d'un accident. Il est en attente de réfection, depuis quelques années déjà, il est complet y
compris le moteur...mais il manque un spécialiste, mais aussi
une place pour travailler autour et quelques bénévoles.
Bien cordialement


Lima India, e-mail, 14.11.2010 23:04

i am a huge C600 fan.
i would like to know the type of the fairing airfoil used on the landing gear!
thank you


A-H. MIllet, e-mail, 30.03.2009 17:16

Post WWII, Snecma-Renault (french nationalized company after WWII), 4PO3 140cv engines were fitted on several planes rebuilt by Peitz-Aviation and most of them being registered under "homebuilder" register F-Pxxx, such as pre-war F-ANSA no7025.1>F-BDJS>F-PDJS, and F-ANSB no7026.2 (begin as C-600, converted C-601, re-powered C-600, still existing, under restauration /rebuilt since 1989)>F-BDJT>F-POIT, and F-ANXX 7102.18>F-BFLB>F-PFLB (still flying /2008), and F-ANZE no 7119.64>F-PNZE (still existing but hangared since years).


Reg Jouhaud, e-mail, 05.06.2007 08:13

about a dozen Aiglons were fitted with a Renault 4-Pei which was a 4-Pgi boosted from 100hp to 140hp


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