The Nord 262 was a French turboprop aircraft that first flew on 24 December 1962. Powered by a pair of Turbomeca Bastan engines, the aircraft usually seated 26 passengers, though it could carry as many as 29. It had a range of around 1,110km or 690 miles.
Commercial services began in September 1964 with Air Inter. An upgraded version for Allegheny Airlines in the United States, designated the Mohawk 298 and powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engines, went into service from 1975.
Nord 262 Video
Following on from the last video about the Armstrong Whitworth Atalanta, this time we stay in Europe for a look at the Nord 262. First up is a video of a Tempelhof Airways example taking off in 1990.
Next, you can see another aircraft of the same airline landing… and how it ended up 21 years later. Sitting a plane outside in the elements for years on end does not make it look very happy.
For those wondering, Nord was merged into Aérospatiale in 1970, hence why you’ll find it listed under both names. Incidentally, there were a variety of operators of the aircraft. It was found at Air Florida Commuter, Cimber Air, Dan-Air, Lake Central Airlines, and Queensland Pacific Airlines among others.
Just 110 of the Aérospatiale Nord 262 were built between 1962 and 1976 and there appear to be none flying today. While they were few in number they certainly managed to appear all over the world for various small airlines.
Did you ever fly on one of these high winged French turboprops? What was it like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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Featured image by RuthAS via Wikimedia Commons.