Dassault MD.320 Hirondelle: They can go to hell.

This lovely aircraft was Dassault answer to a middle 1960’s French Air Force requirement for an aircraft to replace their venerable Douglas DC-3/Beechcraft 18 in their transport and training roles. They were quite specific in the engine choice: they wanted the 870hp Turbomeca Astazou turboprops. With that in mind, the Dassault people just took their successful Falcon 20 airframe and adapted it, quite quickly, to employ those turboprops. First flew in 1968, the Hirondelle proved to be a very decent little thing. Then, all the sudden, the French AF decided what they really wanted was a jet-powered aircraft….. Only this prototype was built.

She was really cute. Those slim Astazou nacelles again.


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