SAN Jodel D.140 Mousquetaire

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SAN Jodel D.140 Mousquetaire
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D.140C
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]

Development[edit]

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. The type was flown by aero clubs and private owners and remains in use in 2014.

Plans remain available in 2012.[2]

Variants[edit]

Early Jodel D.140 with the initial lower triangular fin shape at Cranfield aerodrome in 1960
Jodel D.140E showing the enlarged fin at St Cyr l'Ecole airfield near Paris in 1969
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]

Operators[edit]

 France

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)

Performance

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

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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

Bibliography[edit]

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