Caudron C.640 Typhon


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Caudron C.640 Typhon

Owing a great deal in concept to the British de Havilland D.H.88 Comet, of England to Australia Air Race fame,.the Caudron C.640 Typhon was inspired by the French pioneer of long-range postal routes, the great Jean Mermoz. The C.640 was thus a high-speed long-range mail-carrier designed by Georges Otfinovsky in collaboration with Marcel Riffard.

The first C.640 made its debut in June 1935 with Raymond Delmotte at the controls. A twin-engined low-wing cantilever monoplane of wooden construction, it had narrow-chord ailerons inset from the wing-tips and split trailing-edge flaps, trim tabs fitted to all control surfaces and a variable-incidence tailplane adjustable in flight. Each main unit of the. landing gear retracted rearwards to lie fully within engine nacelles that were carefully faired into the underside of the wing. The enclosed crew cabin accommodated two in tandem with dual controls and full wireless equipment. Seven C.640s were constructed, the fourth and seventh examples having an enlarged fin and rudder.

The Typhon established speed records over a 5000km distance and participated in the celebrated Istres-Damascus-Paris air race in August 1937. Unfortunately it was not particularly successful in operation as its wings were too flexible, resulting in buffeting problems of some severity.

Caudron C.640 Typhon

 MODELCaudron C.640 Typhon
 ENGINE2 x 164kW Renault 6Q inline piston engines
  Take-off weight3400 kg7496 lb
  Loaded weight1630 kg3594 lb
  Wingspan11.5 m38 ft 9 in
  Length10.95 m36 ft 11 in
  Height3.0 m10 ft 10 in
  Wing area28 m2301.39 sq ft
  Max. speed400 km/h249 mph
  Cruise speed370 km/h230 mph
  Ceiling7000 m22950 ft
  Range3725 km2315 miles

lucas boaventura, e-mail, 11.03.2011 15:09

sou fã desse avião, se estivesse na 2ºguerra não teria nenhum problema em voar nele


Karl Harrod, e-mail, 21.03.2008 00:49

This is the best information on this aircraft I have found, I would love to see a three-view drawing.


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