Flight Adventure: The C-160 Transall

The C-160 Transall

Last year saw the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the Transall C-160 military transporter and in this flight adventure, we explore why it became such a long-lived and pivotal utility aircraft for such an extended time.

By the time the C-160 retired, the avionics were an eclectic mix of digital and analogue from the 1960s to the 2010s.
By the time the C-160 retired, the avionics were an eclectic mix of digital and analogue from the 1960s to the 2010s. Peter Stark

Transport Allianz

Throughout the 1950s, the French and German air forces had been operating the Nord Noratlas piston-engine transport aircraft. The need for an updated aircraft capable of carrying 16 tonne (35,000lb) payload was identified and a Franco-German Transport Allianz group (Transall) was formed to develop it. A further requirement was that it had to be capable of operating out of semi-prepared airfields and to have the ability to sacrifice payload for an extended range.

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