SNCAN N.2501 Noratlas

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conservated and restorated former Armée de l'Air's Nord 2501 Noratlas in 2009.
Armée de l'Air's Noratlas with paratroopers.

The SNCAN N.2501 Noratlas or simply Noratlas is a post-war military French transport aircraft designed and built by Société Nationale de Construction Aéronautique du Nord[1]. It was use by several air forces like Armée de l'Air, Luftwaffe, and Israeli Air Force. It was built under licence[2] in Germany. It's first flew in septembre 1949[3] and was introduced in 1953. France retired its last one in 1984.

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The Noratlas is a twin-boom, twin-engine aircraft. Built in metal it has a high wing, and twin-tail. It can carry 35 paratroopers, or 17 injured peoples on stretcher. On freighter configuration it can carry 7 900 kg for cargo missions. Cockpit is for 2 or 3 peoples : pilot, co-pilot, and sometimes navigator.

Some Noratlas were used like electronics warfare aircraft by French Air Force. In this kind, the Gabriel or Grise[4] (grey in French) had got a crew of 8 or 9 peoples.

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Militaries users includes :

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Armée de l'Air used SNCAN N.2501 Noratlas for the Algerian war for paratroopers operations[5], cargo transport, and sometimes search and rescue. In 1956 France and Israel used their Noratlas for Suez Canal crisis.

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  1. (French)http://www.avionslegendaires.net/avion-militaire/nord-n-2501-noratlas/
  2. http://www.aviastar.org/air/france/nord_noratlas.php
  3. (French)http://www.aviationsmilitaires.net/display/aircraft/312
  4. (French)http://www.escadrilles.org/archives/histoire-de-grises-2/
  5. (French)http://avions-de-la-guerre-d-algerie.over-blog.com/article-19017012.html