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    1950s French Aircraft

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 11/30/2015

    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 (30) 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... [Read More]
    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 Sov... [Read More]
    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 ge... [Read More]
    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 su... [Read More]
    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 th... [Read More]
    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 carr... [Read More]
    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 ty... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Canadair CT-133 Silver Star

    1956
    Cessna 172
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    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, repla... [Read More]
    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, je... [Read More]
    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 i... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Dassault Mystere / Super Mystere

    1952
    de Havilland DH.106 Comet
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    Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland DH.106 Comet

    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 Na... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the de Havilland DH.112 Sea Venom

    1959
    Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)
    In the mid-1950s, Dornier Flugzeugbau GmbH of West Germany developed the single engine Do 27 Short T... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 28 (Skyservant)

    1959
    Douglas DC-8
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    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 B... [Read More]
    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 Foug... [Read More]
    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 wh... [Read More]
    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 ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules

    1952
    Martin P5M Marlin
    World War 2 showcased the value of large flying boats in the long range maritime patrol and anti-shi... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin P5M Marlin

    1950
    Nord 1601
    Following the end of World War 2 in 1945, French aero industry had a long, arduous path before it as... [Read More]
    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... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the North American F-100 Super Sabre

    1953
    Piasecki H-21 Workhorse
    The Piasecki H-21 tandem-rotor helicopter was born from a line of Piasecki products that began with ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Piasecki H-21 Workhorse

    1950
    Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw
    The Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw was an excellent multipurpose transport helicopter that saw use in vario... [Read More]
    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 ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky H-34 / CH-34 Choctaw

    1956
    SNCASE S.E.212 (Durandal)
    With the establishment of NATO in April of 1949, there arose a need for standardization among its me... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SNCASE S.E.212 (Durandal)

    1953
    SNCASE S.E.5000 (Baroudeur)
    The French aviation industry was left in ruins following the events of World War 2 (1939-1945) and q... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SNCASE S.E.5000 (Baroudeur)

    1958
    Sud-Ouest SO 4050 Vautour
    These limited-production aircraft served with little distinction in French hands but were better ser... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sud-Ouest SO 4050 Vautour

    1950
    Sud-Ouest SO.2400 (Grognard)
    The French aero-industry was virtually non-existent throughout World War 2 (1939-1945) and in the pe... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sud-Ouest SO.2400 (Grognard)

    1957
    Vought F-8 Crusader
    The Vought F-8 "Crusader" was a direct response to a United States Navy requirement for a modern sup... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Vought F-8 Crusader