Paumier MP2 Baladin
The Paumier MP2 Baladin is a French-built light sporting aircraft of the 1960s.
|Paumier MP2 Baladin|
|The second MP2 at its Guyancourt, base near Paris, in June 1971.|
|Role||single-engine amateur-built aircraft|
|First flight||early 1961|
|Status||an example is currently operational in 2009|
|Primary user||private owner|
Design and construction
The MP2 Baladin was designed and constructed by Maurice Paumier. The two-seat side-by-side design was advanced for its day amongst amateur constructors, as it featured such refinements as a variable-pitch airscrew, landing flaps and a retractable tricycle undercarriage.
The aircraft possessed an exceptionally clean finish, being of wooden construction with plywood- and fabric-covered wings and a plywood-covered fuselage. These features enabled the Baladin to attain a maximum speed of 158 mph on a 90 h.p. engine. A one-piece all-moving tailplane is employed, and a feature of the design is the large wingtip endplate which slides rearward for access to the fuel filler pipe.
The prototype MP2 Baladin F-PJKV has had a series of private owners since its first flight in early 1961. It is currently (early 2009) operational from its base at Beauvais-Tille airport near Paris. A second example F-PPPC was built and initially based at Guyancourt aerodrome near Paris.
(per Green, 1965, p. 59)
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Length: 5.95 m (19 ft 6 in)
- Wingspan: 7.60 m (24 ft 11 in)
- Height: 2.60 m (8 ft 6 in)
- Wing area: 9.80 m2 (105.5 ft2)
- Empty weight: 375 kg (827 lb)
- Gross weight: 615 kg (1,356 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental C90 four cylinder air-cooled, 67 kW (90 hp) each
- Maximum speed: 255 km/h (158 mph)
- Cruising speed: 228 km/h (142 mph)
- Rate of climb: 4.8 m/s (945 ft/min)
- Green, 1965, p. 59
- Green, William (1965). The Aircraft of the World. Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd.