Caudron C.61

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C.61
Role transport
Manufacturer Caudron
First flight 1921

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

Development[edit]

The prototype C.61 (F-ESAE) had a freight hold and cabin for six 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.83
C.168
C.183

Operators[edit]

Specifications (variant)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • 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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