Dassault MD.450 Ouragan: Strong Foundations.

In the late 1940s/early 1950s saw the apparition of a incredible number of military aircraft, specially in jet fighters. While others tried bold and, sometimes, spellbinding concepts Marcel Dassault sagely thought just the contrary was the recipe for success. His first jet, the Ouragan, marred a no-nonsense uncomplicated wing design, the simplest of the fuselages and the best jet engine the available, the RR Nene. He was right; where others built only a superb bunch of ephemeral prototypes, Dassault built an empire that still stands.

Another neat example of French aviation artwork by Raymond Legrand. A pair of Ouragans of the EC 1/12 “Cambrésis”. The one in the background wears the neat “Patrouille de France” livery.

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