Caudron C.630 Simoun

Simoun
Preserved C.630 at Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace.
Role
Manufacturer Caudron
Designer Marcel Riffard
First flight 1934
Introduction 1935
Produced 1930s

The Caudron Simoun was a 1930s French four-seat touring monoplane. It was used as a mail plane by Air Bleu, flew record-setting long-range flights, and was also used as a liaison aircraft by the Armée de l'Air during World War II.

Variants

  • C.500 Simoun I - experimental, one built.
  • C.520 Simoun - experimental, one built.
  • C.620 Simoun IV - experimental, one built.
  • C.630 Simoun - initial production version with Renault Bengali 6Pri engine, 20 built.
  • C.631 Simoun - modified version with a Renault Bengali 6Q-01 engine, three built.
  • C.632 Simoun - similar to C.631, one built.
  • C.633 Simoun - modified fuselage with a Renault Bengali 6Q-07 engine, 6 built.
  • C.634 Simoun - modified wing and take-off weight with either a Renault Bengali 6Q-01 or Renault Bengali 6Q-09 engine, 3 built.
  • C.635 Simoun - improved cabin layout and either a Renault Bengali 6Q-01 or Renault Bengali 6Q-09 engine, 46 built and conversions from earlier versions.
  • C.635M Simoun - military version with either a Renault Bengali 6Q-09 or Renault Bengali 6Q-19 engine, 489 built.

Operators

 Belgium
 France
 Germany
 United Kingdom
 United States

Specifications (C.630)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1-2: pilot and (optional) co-pilot
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Length: 9.10 m (29 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.4 m (34 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 2.3 m (7 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 16 m² (170 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 755 kg (1,660 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 1,380 kg (3,040 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Renault Bengali 6Q-09 six-cylinder inline engine, 220 hp (160 kW)

Performance

See also

Aviation portal

Related lists

Notes

References

External links

  • Century of Flight - Caudron C.630 Simoun Sandstorm
  • WebSite for l'Association Renaissance du Caudron Simoun
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