Number built 240 (plus 51 military examples)
Caudron C.280 ("Moth") was a civil utility aircraft built in Phalène France during the 1930s. It was a high-wing braced monoplane of conventional configuration with fixed tailskid undercarriage. The pilot and two-three passengers were accommodated within an enclosed cabin. The structure was wooden throughout, with the forward fuselage skinned with plywood, and the rest of the aircraft fabric-covered.
The type proved popular on the civil market, with a number of long-distance flights staged to promote it. The French military also purchased a number of examples under the
C.400 and C.410 designations.
Variants [ edit ]
C.280 - Prototypes equipped with the de Havilland Gipsy II piston engine. (Five built)
C.280/2 - Four-seat light touring monoplane, powered by a 108 kW (145 hp) Renault 4Pdi piston engine. 21 built.,
C.280/6 - This version had rounded wingtips. Only one was built.
C.280/9 - The fuselage was lengthened by 20 cm (8 in). (Three built)
C.282 Super Phalene - Powered by a de Havilland Gipsy Major piston engine. (11 built).
C.280/4 - fitted with dual controls, automatic slots and flaps. (Nine built)
C.282/8 - Definitive production version, equipped with a 108 kW (145 hp) Renault 4Pdi piston engine. Similar to the C.282/2. (89 built, plus three conversions)
C.282/10 - Equipped with the Merville series 601 propeller.
C.286 - Powered by a de Havilland Gipsy III piston engine. (11 built)
C.286/2 Fitted rounded wingtips. (Ten built)
C.286/2.S4 and C.286/3.S4' - Special luxury versions, powered by the de Havilland Gipsy Major I piston engine. (Ten built)
C.282/4 Super-Phalene - (five built)
C.286/5 Super-Phalène - This version was equipped with a de Havilland Gipsy III piston engine. (One built)
C.286/6 Super-Phalène - This version was equipped with a de Havilland Gipsy Major piston engine, it was also fitted with a Merville 501 propeller. (Five built)
C.286/7 Super-Phalene - equipped with Ratier series 1175 variable-pitch propeller. (Eight built)
C.286/8 Super-Phalène - The fuselage was lengthened slightly, it was powered by a de Havilland Gipsy Major piston engine. (Four built)
C.286/9 Super-Phalene - The fuselage was slightly shorter. (One built)
C.289/2 -Powered by a 112 kW (150 hp) Hispano-Suzia 5Q radial piston engine. (Five built)
C.400 - Military version. 40 were built for the French Air Force.
C.401 - Several C.400s were modified for civilian use during the postwar years.
C.410 - Military version, powered by a 104-kW (140-hp) Renault 4Pdi piston engine. (11 built)
Operators [ edit ]
Specifications (C.282/6) [ edit ]
Crew: one pilot
Capacity: two-three passengers
Length: 8.25 m (27 ft 1 in)
Wingspan: 11.62 m (38 ft 1 in)
Height: 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)
Wing area: 25.4 m 2 (273 ft 2)
Empty weight: 1,100 kg (2,425 lb)
Gross weight: 550 kg (1,213 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Renault 4Pdi, 108 kW (150 hp)
Maximum speed: 185 km/h (115 mph)
Range: 850 km (528 miles)
Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,750 ft)
References [ edit ]
Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 240.