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F-AZVM — - Nord Aviation Nord 2501 Noratlas. Only aircraft of this type flying in the world.
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Nord Aviation Nord 2501 Noratlas. Only aircraft of this type flying in the world.


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Paul Wisgerhof
Reminds me of the Fairchild C-119 "flying boxcar."
Kress Latham
Anyone remember The Flight of The Phoenix? All those guys strapped to the top of the wing of the single engine plane they made from the wreck of what looked like one of these as they flew it out of the desert? And all with only an assortment of hand tools and a ton of interpersonal conflict!
Luc Barbier
The Noratlas n°105, belongs to the association "Noratlas de Provence", which managed to have it classify "historical monument", as it is today the only one in flight state.
John Rumble
Anyone remember The Flight of The Phoenix?
Indeed . The original in 1965 they actually built it. Paul Mantz was killed when the plane crashed during filming

Haruna Asoguni
Wooooow, love it
Oliver Mirow
Reminds me of my childhood days when German Air Force Noratlas flew into Neubiberg airport over our house several times a day in the 60s. There was one of them standing for years at Nantes Airport. It has recently disappeared, apparently scrapped. What a shame!
Larry Horton
Air Force hung a few mini guns out the side of a C-119 and seems like a canon called it an AC-119. Flew in Vietnam.
Actually the NorAtlas was early post WWII more in the performance class of the C-82, the Nord faster but the 82 able to carry bulkier loads and maybe even heavier...

Flight of the Phoenix BTW was filmed with a C-82 and the "Phoenix" was built largely from C-82 parts, but it killed Paul Mantz. So the story line was pure fiction but I rooted for the Modle builder "engineer", since when I saw it I was one.

The C-119 inproved on all its predessors and added ginormous engines (P&W R3360s for the detail oriented)
N Ostermann
Looks much smaller than a C-119. I worked on a few back around 1980 for Hawkins & Powers in Grey Bull, WY.
Ron Rosenberg
I was Marine aircrew on the C119F. The big difference here is no radome up front.
Ed Blanchard
That IS a C-199 "Flying Boxcar". I flew in them several times in the early 1960's with Civil Air Patrol (CAP). A common troop/cargo carrier then. What a ride it was, too! Our slogan for it then was: "60,000 pounds of assorted loose nuts and bolts flying in close formation." I saw a couple of them later during my time in Vietnam. A couple of AC-119 variants bristly with machine guns and small arty. They didn't last long
Ed Blanchard - If you are identifying the a/c in this photo as a C-119 Flying Boxcar... then someone will be along shortly to advise you it isn't. Of course, if your comment was directed otherwise, then all is well! :-)
Used extensively by the portuguese air force as a tactical airlift mainstay during the colonial wars in Africa.
Mike Boote
Humor in aircraft design!
A very welcome Guest at the Hamburger Airportdays in August 2015 @EDDH. The Flightdemonstrations are always spectacular. The Engines are extreme loud, but i like it :)
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