SAN Jodel D.140 Mousquetaire

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SAN Jodel D.140 Mousquetaire
Role Five-seat light touring monoplane
National origin France
Manufacturer Société Aeronautique Normande (SAN)
First flight 4 July 1958
Introduction 1958
Status Plans available (2012)
Primary user French Air Force
Number built 243 (factory built)

The SAN Jodel D.140 Mousquetaire (en:Musketeer) is a French five-seat light touring monoplane based on the earlier Jodel D.117 and built by Société Aeronautique Normande (SAN) at Bernay.[1]


SAN had been producing the earlier Jodel D.117 under licence from which it then developed the larger 4 to 5-seat D.140.[1] The prototype D.140 registration F-BIZE first flew on 4 July 1958.[1] Early versions had a low triangular-shaped fin and rudder.

The final version was a glider tug variant the D.140R Abeille.[1] Both the D.140E and D.140R were ordered by the French Air Force.[1] As well as 243 factory-built aircraft more than 20 have been homebuilt from plans.

Plans remain available in 2012.[2]


Early Jodel D.140 with the initial lower triangular fin shape at Cranfield aerodrome in 1960
D.140 Mousquetaire
Prototype powered by a 180hp Lycoming O-360 engine, one built.[1]
D.140A Mousquetaire
Production variant with cabin ventilation, 45 built.[1]
D.140B Mousquetaire II
Improved variant with better brakes, new engine cowling and better ventilation, 56 built. [1]
D.140C Mousquetaire III
A D.140B with an enlarged swept tail, 70 built.[1]
D.140E Mousquetaire IV
A D.140C with a further enlarged tail, modified ailerons and an all flying elevator/tailplane, 43 built.[1]
D.140R Abeille
Glider towing variant with cut-down rear fuselage, new high vision canopy, 28 built first flown in 1965.[1]



Specifications (D.140)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 4
  • Length: 7.92 m (26 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.27 m (33 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 18.5 m2 (199 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 660 kg (1,455 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,200 kg (2,646 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360 piston engine, 130 kW (180 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 290 km/h (180 mph; 157 kn)



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Simpson 1991, pp.283-284
  2. ^ Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 94. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X


  • Simpson, R.W. (1991). Airlife's General Aviation. England: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-85310-194-X.