Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Super Broussard by Nord Aviation

Following on the success of the twin-tail Nord Noratlas transport- looking like a Flying Boxcar, the Super Broussard (Super Bushranger) was introduced in 1960. Powered by two 1000 hp turboprops, it was designed as a 23 passenger utility aircraft for short and rough airfields. After the first prototype was tested, the government ordered ten for themselves- only eight were built,  no other orders were taken. This 1962 ad, showing 1/3 of the total production was still hopeful of more.

 Nord Aviation was a French aircraft company, organized immediately after WW2 as a state owned manufacturer. Over the years the company built a wide variety of aircraft from light trainers to cargo planes, even missiles. Does the name Exocet ring a bell? 

Nord was merged in 2000 into the European Aerospace Corporation which was renamed as the Airbus Group.

2 comments:

VectorWarbirds said...

The Super Broussard or MH260 morphed into the N262 of which 110 were produced. Looks a bit like the Short.

Mister G said...

Wasit a good plane? I read the MH260 was designed to do the job of a DC3s. I guess there were still too many DC3s around to make the idea viable.