Nord Norélan

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Nord 1223 F-BFDU Meaux 06.06.69 2.jpg
Nord 1223 Norélan No. 02 F-BFDU at Meaux - Esbly airfield in June 1969
Role Three-seat light trainer
National origin France
Manufacturer Nord Aviation
First flight 1948
Number built 3

The Nord 1221 Norélan was a 1940s three-seat training monoplane designed and built in France by Nord Aviation.

Design and development[edit]

Designed as a three-seat trainer and first flown on 30 June 1948 the Norélan was a single-engined low-wing cantilever monoplane with a distinctive large dihedral angle to the wings. Originally to have a retractable tricycle landing gear the design was changed to a fixed tailwheel landing gear. A number of variants with different engines were produced but no production orders were received.


Prototype with 180hp (134kW) Mathis 8G-20 inverted Vee engine, later converted to 1222.
Prototype re-engined with a 180hp (134kW) Régnier 4L-02 inline engine
Powered by a 240hp (179kW) Argus As 10C inverted Vee engine, one built and prototype re-engined.
Engine-testbed for the 240hp (179kW) Potez 6D-0 inline engine. one built.

Specifications (1221)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: three
  • Length: 7.37 m (24 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.20 m (33 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 2.67 m (8 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 13.00 m2 (140 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 763 kg (1682 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1115 kg (2458 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Mathis 8G-20, 134 kW (180 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 245 km/h (153 mph)
  • Range: 880 km (550 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 5000 m (16400 ft)


  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.