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D.7 Cricri Major

 

Compagnie Française d'Aviation (usually known as CFA) was established in 1936 as a division of the Salmson engine company to handle the mass-production of the Salmson D-6 Cri Cri light aircraft.
 
The CFA D.7 Cricri Major was a postwar-built light high-wing monoplane development of the Salmson D-6 Cri Cri with enclosed two-seat tandem glazed cabin and a fixed tail-wheel undercarriage, powered by a Salmson 5Aq-01 radial engine.
 
First flying on 15 March 1949, an initial series of ten Cricri (Cricket) Majors was completed and these were bought by aero clubs and private pilots. The design was rather outdated and no further examples were completed.
 
Four D.7s remained in service in 1956 and one, F-BFNG remained airworthy in 1967. This aircraft has been restored to airworthiness and was operational in 2005.
 
Engine: 1 × Salmson 5Aq-01, 90 hp (67 kW)
Wingspan: 35 ft 11 in (10.95 m)
Wing area: 200 ft2 (18.58 m2)
Length: 23 ft 3 in (7.09 m)
Height: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
Empty weight: 1,023 lb (464 kg)
Gross weight: 1,585 lb (719 kg)
Maximum speed: 93 mph (150 km/h)
Cruise speed: 80 mph (129 km/h)
Range: 312 miles (500 km)
Service ceiling: 13,120 ft (4,000 m)
Crew: 1
Capacity: 1 passenger

 

 


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