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Military Factory

1950s French Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 8/26/2015

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

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 (28) 1950s French Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.

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...
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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...
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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 ...
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Boeing 707
The 707 model series for The Boeing Company proved to be the catalyst for their commercial market successes to come. The 707 ...
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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...
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Breguet Br.1050 Alize (Tradewind)
The Breguet Br.1050 "Alize" (meaning "tradewind") was a French production aircraft suitable for carrier-based anti-submarine ...
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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...
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Thumbnail picture of the Cessna 172

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...
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Dassault MD.450 Ouragan (Hurricane)
The Dassault MD.450 "Ouragan" (meaning "Hurricane") became France's first home-grown operational, jet-powered, military comba...
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Dassault Mystere / Super Mystere
The Dassault-produced Mystere series of turbojet aircraft appeared just when the French nation was in the rebuilding stages f...
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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) ...
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Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)
In the mid-1950s, Dornier Flugzeugbau GmbH of West Germany developed the single engine Do 27 Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL...
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English Electric Canberra
The English Electric Canberra was a strike-minded, jet-powered medium bomber platform that made up Britain's critical bomber/...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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Martin P5M Marlin
World War 2 showcased the value of large flying boats in the long range maritime patrol and anti-shipping roles. The Glenn L....
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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...
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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-...
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Piasecki H-21 Workhorse
The Piasecki H-21 tandem-rotor helicopter was born from a line of Piasecki products that began with the HRP-1. The HRP-1 util...
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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...
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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...
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SNCASE S.E. 5000 (Baroudeur)
The French aviation industry was left in ruins following the events of World War 2 (1939-1945) and quickly looked to establis...
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Sud-Ouest SO 4050 Vautour
These limited-production aircraft served with little distinction in French hands but were better served as night fighters and...
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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...
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