This is the only Nord 2504 Noratlas built. It first flew on 17 Nov 1958, and was handed over to the Aéronautique Navale on 24 Jun 1959. It was intended to be the first of 24 aircraft for them, but the remaining 23 were cancelled. N° 01 was withdrawn from use on 1 Aug 1987 and donated to Escadrille Pégase in Jun 1988. The Noratlas was flown to Aix - Les Milles on delivery on 26 Jun 1988 as F-GFTS, and painted with "1958 - 30 Ans - 1988" titles on the nose (still visible in this photo). On 19 Jan 1989 it had registration F-AZNA reserved, but this was not taken up. None of the plans for this aircraft became reality, and as it turned out it would never fly again. It was eventually broken up in 2013. Note the jetpods on the wing tips.
This blue monster is ex French Air Force N° 148, which was withdrawn from use on 4 June 1985. It was acquired by Association Support Air and painted in these horrible European colours at Paris-Orly, rolled-out as such on 8 June 1988. It was flown to Paris-Le Bourget that same month and parked. In Oct 1989 it received a permit to fly for film work at Tavaux-Dole, but it didn't fly much, if at all. In early 1993 the Noratlas was loaned to Association Air Memorial, and later that year it stranded here at Courlaoux airport, reportedly after engine trouble. It has a "Marriott" sticker on the main gear door and "Decoré par Air France" in small print on the left fin. The Noratlas would never leave again and was eventually broken up in June 2013.
Pictured by a member of my family 50 years ago at Oran La Sénia French Air Force air base N° 141. The aircraft has the markings of Transport wing 61 based in Orléans. In front stands the N° 197 (62-SU) in the markings of Transport Squadron 2 / 62 "Sahara" (ET 02-062). The picture is supposed to be taken in the begining of 1961.
A French Noratlas hidden away in an interesting but very cramped German collection. Although it is still carrying the combined unit markings of ET 1/63 and ET 1/62 on the forward fuselage, this aircraft in fact last operated for Escadron de Convoyage 70 (EdC 70). It came to Germany in 1987 and spent some time in storage at Manching before moving on to this collection in Koblenz in 1990.
Even though still carrying the combined unit markings of ET 1/63 and ET 1/62 on the forward fuselage, this Noratlas in fact last operated for Escadron de Convoyage 70 (EdC 70). This French unit was known for its unusual codes, which often violated many rules. This particular Noratlas carried code 070-MF (should have been 70-MF), which for reasons unknown was painted on the aircraft incorrectly, as MF-070. It came to Germany in 1987 and spent some time in storage at Manching before moving on to this collection in Koblenz in 1990.