Caudron C.61

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C.61
Role transport
Manufacturer Caudron
First flight 1921

The Caudron C.61 was a French civil transport biplane aircraft built by the French aeroplane manufacturer Caudron. It was constructed of wood and covered by fabric.

Development[edit]

The prototype C.61 (F-ESAE) had a freight hold and cabin for 6 passengers. The conventional landing gear also included a wheel beneath the nose to prevent nose-overs on landing. For the production C.61s the cabin size was increased to accommodate eight passengers.

Operational history[edit]

In 1923, six C.61s were bought by Compagnie Franco-Roumaine de Navigation Aérienne to run between Bucharest and Belgrade.

Variants[edit]

  • C.61bis - In 1924 many C.61s were modified to take 194 kW (260 hp) Salmson CM.9 radial engines on the outboards, increasing the maximum loaded weight to 4834 kg (10657 lb).
  • C.81 -
  • C.183 -

Operators[edit]

Specifications (variant)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 14 m (45 ft 11.25 in)
  • Wingspan: 24.14 m (79 ft 2.5 in)
  • Wing area: 104 m2 (1119.48 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 2200 kg (4850 lb)
  • Gross weight: 3480 kg (7672 lb)
  • Powerplant: 3 × Hispano-Suiza 8Ac inline piston, 134 kW (180 hp) each each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)
  • Range: 640 km (398 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 4000 m (13125 ft)

Accidents[edit]

  • after 1923 (date unknown) - C.61 lost when it came down at sea
  • July 3, 1926 - C.61 operated by Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne crashes in Czechoslovakia[1]

References[edit]

  • Donald, David, ed. (1997). The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. Prospero Books. p. 236. ISBN 1-85605-375-X. 
  1. ^ "Accidents by Airline". Retrieved 2007-09-14. 

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