The Transall C-160 has been a military transport workhorse for decades, however from 1973 to 1991 it also fl ew mail in France. Frédéric Marsaly lifts the lid on this little-known aspect of the C-160’s history.

Throughout their career the C-160Ps were flown by Air France crew.
J Guillem
Transall C-160P F-BUFS was assigned the military serial F50 by the French Air Force.
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The postal Transalls only flew within France, including Corsica.
S Guillemin Collection

Mail flights criss-cross countries in the dead of night operated by airliners or commuter aircraft configured for the task. However, an interesting exception to this norm occurred in France where an aircraft designed as a military transport was drafted in on postal duties.

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