Dassault M.D.315 Flamant


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Dassault M.D.315 Flamant

The portly Dassault M.D.315 Flamant (Flamingo) has had a long career as a utility transport and aircrew trainer since the prototype made its maiden flight on 10 February 1947. This had the designation M.D.303, and was evaluated successfully at the Centre d'Essais en Vol at Bretigny later that year. Production Flamants, the first of which was flown in January 1949, were intended mainly for service with the Armee de I'Air in France's overseas territories, and deliveries to AOF (Afrique Occidentale Francaise) squadrons began in October 1950. There were three main versions: first of these, the M.D.311, was a bombing, navigation and photography trainer of which 39 were built; more numerous, and longer-serving, were the six-seat M.D.312 military liaison/communications aircraft and the 10-seat M.D.315 light utility transport. These models (production totals 142 and 137 respectively) were used over a long period by the Armee de I'Air and, in the case of the M.D.312, by the Aeronavale. Over 200 were still in service in the mid-1960s, though none is now operated by the French armed forces. Convertible from passenger to cargo or aero-medical transport, several were passed on to other air forces such as those of Cambodia, Madagascar, Tunisia and Vietnam, as they were withdrawn from French service.

One M.D.315 was coverted as the M.D.316, with 611kW SNECMA 14X Super Mars radial engines; this flew on 17 July 1952. A single-finned second prototype, the M.D.316T, had 597kW Wright R-1300-CB7A1 Cyclone radials. These new models were intended for crew training and commercial transport operation, but neither reached production status.

 ENGINE2 x SNECMA-Renault 12S 02-201 inline piston engines, 433kW
  Take-off weight5800 kg12787 lb
  Empty weight4250 kg9370 lb
  Wingspan20.7 m68 ft 11 in
  Length12.5 m41 ft 0 in
  Height4.5 m15 ft 9 in
  Wing area47.2 m2508.06 sq ft
  Max. speed380 km/h236 mph
  Cruise speed300 km/h186 mph
  Ceiling8000 m26250 ft
  Range1215 km755 miles

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