1950s French Aircraft (1950-1959) - Developments of a Rebuilding Nation
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 35 1950s French Aircraft (1950-1959) - Developments of a Rebuilding Nation in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.
The Aerospatiale Alouette II has proven itself to be a commercial success, seeing operation service with dozens of countries worldwide.
Despite its troubled service life, the Antonov An-12 Cub has found many global customers since its inception during the late-1950s.
The Beechcraft T-34 Mentor was developed from the Beechcraft Bonanza and produced in some 2,300 examples from 1953 through 1959.
The Boeing 707 airliner was a bold company move, designed from the outset as a private venture with military and civilian applications in mind.
Systems such as the KC-135 have evolved air combat throughout the decades.
Though retired in 2000, the Breguet Alize became an important anti-submarine warfare platform aboard French aircraft carriers during the Cold War.
The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star trainer was produced under license in Canada as the Canadair CT-133 Silver Star.
The Cessna 172 has proven a critical commercial success for the Cessna Aircraft Company to the tune of 43,000 units built since 1956.
Due to its inherent multi-role capabilities, the lightweight Cessna Bird Dog saw extensive action in the skies over Korea and Vietnam.
The Dassault MD.450 Ouragan jet-powered fighter helped to re-establish the once-powerful aviation industry of France in post-World War 2 Europe.
The Dassault Mystere was a straightforward swept-wing development of the earlier Dassault Ouragan jet fighter.
An extension of the Dassault Mystere II series aircraft, the Mystere IV found greater success at home and abroad in the fighter-bomber role.
The Super Mystere was the ultimate form of the line of swept-back jet fighters begun with the original Mystere aircraft of 1954.
Since retired, the de Havilland DH.106 Comet managed 114 completed examples and was introduced with BOAC in May of 1952.
The de Havilland Sea Venom was the naval version of the base Venom line and used by the forces of Australia, France and the United Kingdom.
The West German Dornier Do 28 STOL series preceded the equally-successful Do 228 line of small, lightweight utility aircraft for military and civilian service.
The record-setting English Electra Canberra progressed much as a medium-to-high altitude bomber - so much so that the U.S. ordered it as the B-57.
Nearly 500 Fokker Friendship aircraft were produced from the period spanning 1955 until 1987.
The Fouga CM.170 lays claim as being the first two-seat jet-powered trainer in the world.
The Grumman S-2 Tracker was specifically designed and produced for the US Navy to help combat enemy submarines.
The storied Lockheed C-130 Hercules has become a proven and highly versatile tactical transport aircraft.
Martin P5M flying boats served both the French and American navies, the aircraft line formally retired in 1967.
Two prototypes of the experimental Model 1500 Griffon were completed by Nord Aviation of France in the late 1950s.
The rebuilding post-World War 2 French Aviation industry was aided by the likes of the Nord 1601 research platform.
Though not without issues early on, the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet evolved into one of the finest American fighter aircraft.
The awkward-looking Piasecki H-21 Workhorse series of tandem-rotor transport helicopters was aptly-nicknamed the Flying Banana.
The Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw series of multi-purpose helicopter has seen extensive use with forces from all over the globe.
The Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw served with the USAF, US Army, USMC, USN and the USCG during its tenure in American hands.
The SNCASE S.E.212 Durandal attempted to provide a viable mixed-propulsion interceptor aircraft - the program yielded just two prototypes.
The rebuilding French aviation industry of the 1950s needed developments like the SNCASE Baroudeur to overcome various challenges.
The capable French Sud-Ouest Vautour line would later be replaced by the more advanced Dassault Mirage F1 series fighter jets.
The SNCASO Trident was to become the future french interceptor until politics doomed the program in full.
The Sud-Ouest Grognard was a notable attempt to bring French aero-industry back into the fold following the close of World War 2.