Nord 1601

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Nord 1601
Nord 1601 research aircraft in 1950.jpg
Role Aerodynamic research aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer SNCAN, Nord Aviation
First flight 24 January 1950
Number built 1

The Nord 1601 was a French aerodynamic research aircraft designed and built by Nord Aviation. The aircraft was designed to investigate the aerodynamics of swept wings and related high-lift devices.

Design and development[edit]

The 1601 was a cantilever mid-wing monoplane with a 33° swept wing. The wing was fitted with ailerons, spoilers, leading edge slats and trailing edge flaps. It had retractable tricycle landing gear and was powered by two Rolls-Royce Derwent turbojets in underslung, wing mounted nacelles on either side of the fuselage. It had an enclosed cockpit and was fitted with a Martin-Baker ejection seat. The 1601, registered F-WFKK, first flew on the 24 January 1950.

Variants[edit]

Nord 1600
Proposed fighter variant, not built.
Nord 1601
Aerodynamic research aircraft, one built.

Specifications (1601)[edit]

Data from Gaillard (1990) p.110[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 11.62 m (38 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.40 m (40 ft 10½ in)
  • Height: 3.67 m (12 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 30.2 m2 (333 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 4710 kg (10384 lb)
  • Gross weight: 6700 kg ( lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Derwent 5 turbojet, 17.8 kN (4000 lbf) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1000 km/h (621 mph)
  • Range: 1135 km (705 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 12000 m (39,370 ft)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gaillard (1990) p.110
  • Gaillard, Pierre (1990). Les Avions Francais de 1944 à 1964. Paris: Éditions EPA. p. 110. ISBN 2 85120 350 9. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.