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Nord 1400 Noroit

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Nord 1402


Despite the decline of the seaplane’s importance after the Second World War, France still saw a limited future for the type and commissioned from the Societe Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Nord (generally known as SNCAN or Nord) a flying boat for the reconnais-sance and air/sea rescue roles.

This was an all-metal monoplane with a gulled wing and a two -step hull, and had accommodation for a crew of seven, plus a roomy rear cabin with a large sliding door on the port side for rescue operations. It first flew on 6 January 1949 as the N.1400.01 Noroit prototype (F-WFDL) with 1,600-hp (1,193-kW) Gnome-Rhone 14R radials. The N.1400.02 second prototype introduced retractable tailwheel landing gear to provide an amphibious capability. Retractable tailwheel landing gear was installed on the N 1400-01 at a later date. There followed a pair of N.1401 pre-production machines with two 1,800-hp (1,342-kW) SNECMA-built Junkers Jumo inlines and annular radiators. The N 1401 Noroit (F-WFKU) was flown on 6 August 1949, the second example (F-SFKN) being flown later, and both were tested in 1950 with two Bristol Hercules radial engines. Finally there came 21 N.1402 Noroit (North-West Wind) production aircraft, the last of them delivered in 1956. Together with the two N.1401s modified to the same standard, these served with Flottille 5F.

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Nord N. 1402 Noroit
Engines: two 2,100-hp (1,566-kW) SNECMA 12H.00 (Junkers Jumo 213A) inline piston
Maximum speed 230 mph (370 km/h) at 8,695 ft (2,650 m)
Initial climb rate 984 ft (300 m) per minute
Range 2,610 miles (4,200 km)
Empty weight 28,660 lb (13,000 kg)
Maximum take-off weight 45,040 lb (20,430 kg)
Wingspan 103 ft 8 in (31.60 m)
Length 72 ft 4 in (22.05 m)
Height 22 ft 5.5 in (6.85 m)
Wing area 1,076.43 sq ft (100.00 sq.m)
Armament: six 20-mm cannon in two-gun nose, dorsal, and tail positions, and bombs carried in nacelle bays plus provision for eight rockets on the hull sides.
Crew: 7

 

 


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