Couzinet 70 “Arc en Ciel III”: Way Up High.

The 70 was the ultimate expression of René Couzinet’s incredibly beautiful Arc-en-Ciel (Rainbow) family. Powered by a trio of Hispano-Suiza 12 Nb engines, the third Arc-en-Ciel made its first flight on February 1932. Next year, piloted by Jean Mermoz and accompanied by Couzinet himself, this aircraft crossed the South Atlantic (Saint-Louis,Senegal to Natal, Brazil) in less than twelve hours. In the process the Rainbow proved its reliability, an essential quality to future regular operations. And it precisely what this unique aircraft did  with Air France until 1937.

Magnificent artwork of an Atsushi model kit. By the way, according to some latest studies the colour of both wings registration and fuselage letters was red and not black.

Advertisements

One thought on “Couzinet 70 “Arc en Ciel III”: Way Up High.

  1. Pingback: Couzinet 70 “Arc en Ciel III”: Way Up High. | Meccanica Mekaniikka Mecanică

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s