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1950s French Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/15/2014

The recovering French aviation industry faced a long road after World War 2, eventually able to field a capable and modern fighting force.

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French air power lay in ruins following the end of World War 2 in 1945. It would take an entire decade for the industry to catch up and begin providing homegrown solutions to worldwide requirements. The classic Etendard, Mirage and Magister were all children of the revitalized French aero industry to come.


There are a total of 24 1950s French Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1957
Aerospatiale Alouette II
The Alouette II helicopter series is billed as a multi-role, light rotary-wing platform charged with a myriad of duties in bo...
Thumbnail picture of the Aerospatiale Alouette II

1959
Antonov An-12 (Cub)
The Antonov An-12 (NATO codename of "Cub") was the primary medium-lift military transport of the Soviet Union and its satelli...
Thumbnail picture of the Antonov An-12 (Cub)

1953
Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
The T-34 Mentor series served the United States Air Force and United States Navy well in training generations of aviators in ...
Thumbnail picture of the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor

1958
Boeing 707
The 707 model series for The Boeing Company proved to be the catalyst for their commercial market successes to come. The 707 ...
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing 707

1956
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
The KC-135 Stratotanker proved to be a monumental product for the Boeing corporation in more ways than one, firstly solidifyi...
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

1959
Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind)
The Breguet Br.1050 "Alize" (meaning "tradewind") was a French production aircraft suitable for carrier-based anti-submarine ...
Thumbnail picture of the Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind)

1951
Canadair CT-133 Silver Star
America's first operational jet-powered fighter became the P-80 Shooting Star of World War 2. The type was a single-engine, s...
Thumbnail picture of the Canadair CT-133 Silver Star

1956
Thumbnail picture of the Cessna 172

1950
Cessna O-1 Bird Dog (L-19)
In 1947, the United States Army Air Forces ceased to exist in the American military structure, replaced instead by two autono...
Thumbnail picture of the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog (L-19)

1952
Dassault MD.450 Ouragan (Hurricane)
The Dassault MD.450 "Ouragan" (meaning "Hurricane") became France's first home-grown operational, jet-powered, military comba...
Thumbnail picture of the Dassault MD.450 Ouragan (Hurricane)

1955
Dassault Mystere / Super Mystere
The Dassault-produced Mystere series of turbojet aircraft appeared just when the French nation was in the rebuilding stages f...
Thumbnail picture of the Dassault Mystere / Super Mystere

1956
de Havilland DH.112 Sea Venom
With the de Havilland Venom already in the works for the British Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm (FAA) ...
Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland DH.112 Sea Venom

1959
Thumbnail picture of the Douglas DC-8

1951
English Electric Canberra
The English Electric Canberra was a strike-minded, jet-powered medium bomber platform that made up Britain's critical bomber/...
Thumbnail picture of the English Electric Canberra

1956
Fouga CM.170 Magister
It becomes much too easy to lose track of French military prowess following World War 2 but the Fouga Magister was a product ...
Thumbnail picture of the Fouga CM.170 Magister

1954
Grumman S-2 Tracker (S2F)
The Grumman S-2 Tracker was designed, developed and produced for the United States Navy at a time when carriers had taken the...
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman S-2 Tracker (S2F)

1956
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Easily one of the most successful military aircraft of the post-World War 2 age, the Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" continues in d...
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules

1950
Nord 1601
Following the end of World War 2 in 1945, French aero industry had a long, arduous path before it as it worked to recover fro...
Thumbnail picture of the Nord 1601

1954
North American F-100 Super Sabre
The North American F-100 Super Sabre was developed as the successor to the F-86 Sabre, another North American product. The F-...
Thumbnail picture of the North American F-100 Super Sabre

1950
Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw
The Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw was an excellent multipurpose transport helicopter that saw use in various roles on a global scal...
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw

1954
Sikorsky H-34 / CH-34 Choctaw
The H-34 Choctaw was a multi-purpose, radial-powered utility helicopter produced by Sikorsky in the United States. It was dev...
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky H-34 / CH-34 Choctaw

1958
Sud-Ouest SO 4050 Vautour
These limited-production aircraft served with little distinction in French hands but were better served as night fighters and...
Thumbnail picture of the Sud-Ouest SO 4050 Vautour

1957
Vought F-8 Crusader
The Vought F-8 "Crusader" was a direct response to a United States Navy requirement for a modern supersonic, carrier-based fi...
Thumbnail picture of the Vought F-8 Crusader