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Caudron C.800 Epervier
 
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In the immediate postwar period, the French aerospace industry launched several campaigns to reactivate the activities of aircraft manufacturers. This gave rise, among other things to the exceptionally competative “Air 100” glider allowing the French to later participate in the International Competition Soaring. Meanwhile, other French companies also studied various kinds of gliders during the war years including Guerchais Roche.
 
Caudron was also one of these and at the request of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, which was looking for a twin seat trainer glider for all the French gliding clubs, designed the C800 in 1941 for just that purpose.
 
The first prototype flew in the free zone in 1942, before the German invasion. The training glider has always been known as the Caudron C-800 although its production was undertaken by SNCA du Nord at Meaulte (Somme) after SNCAN had absorbed the Societe Anonyme des Avions Caudron-Renault at the end of 1945 and taken over its designs.
 

The C-800 is of conventional all-wood construction with mixed plywood and fabric covering; the high wing is braced and there is dihedral on the tailplane. The wing, with a wingspan of 16 m, was linen covered, as were the elevators and rudder. The landing gear consists of a fixed monowheel with brake with a sprung wooden skid under the forward fuselage and a tailskid. The two pilots have dual controls and there is an extra transparent panel below the cockpit canopy on each side that hinges downwards. The canopies complex appearance had numerous vertically opening sections and the whole was hinged at the top to allow the canopy to fall backward over the wing root. The seats were side by side and slightly offset, giving it an impressive fuselage width for a glider. Equipment includes spoilers, elevator rimmer, and complete panel of instruents.

 
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In 1946 the French Government ordered no less than 300 C-800s for use at clubs and elementary flying training schools. Repeat orders were also placed, and the type was at first known as the Epervier (or Sparrowhawk), although this name did not catch on and was later applied to the Morane-Saulnier MS 1500 light COIN aircraft of 1957.
 
By November 1947, 250 had been built. About two dozen C-800s were still on the French civil register in 1979.

 

Performance flights have included:
Climb to 17,000 ft at St.Auban, 11 November 1945 – unofficial French record
French duration record, 17 hr 10 min, at Avignon
French goal record, Beynes-Chateaudun, 63 miles
 

 

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From 1944 following the end of WW II, more than 300 were built, particularly in the Aire sur Adour factory of the Fouga company and for more than 20 years the C 800 has been the French standard trainer glider, being inexpensive to fly, forgiving of trainee pilots, well known for its robustness and ease of servicing. It was able to achieve a high performance level in the hands of a good pilot e.g.: ceiling height of 5300 m, 17 hours duration, 180 km distance. It was also used by the French Air Force and Naval Aviation.

 

 

Span: 52 ft 5in
Length: 27 ft 4 in
Wing area: 237.3 sq ft
Aspect ratio: 11.6
Empty weight: 530 lb
MAUW: 930 lb
Normal gliding speed: 45mph
Max glide ratio: 19 @ 4 mph
Min sink: 3.1 # 40 mph
Vne: 100 mph
 
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From 1944 following the end of WW II, more than 300 were built, particularly in the Aire sur Adour factory of the Fouga company and for more than 20 years the C 800 has been the French standard trainer glider, being inexpensive to fly, forgiving of trainee pilots, well known for its robustness and ease of servicing. It was able to achieve a high performance level in the hands of a good pilot e.g.: ceiling height of 5300 m, 17 hours duration, 180 km distance. It was also used by the French Air Force and Naval Aviation.

 

 


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