The Nord Aviation 3202 was a 1950s French military trainer aircraft designed and built by Nord Aviation to meet a French Army requirement for a two-seat basic trainer, as a replacement for the biplane Stampe SV.4. Altogether, 101 examples were built, with the first flying on 17 April 1957.

Three Nord 3202B of the French Army at Middle Wallop Army Air Corps airfield in 1969
Role Trainer
National origin France
Manufacturer Nord
First flight 17 April 1957
Primary users French Army
private pilot owners
Number built 101

Design edit

The 3202 was a cantilever low-wing monoplane with a fixed tailwheel landing gear and a nose-mounted inline piston engine. It had an enclosed cockpit for pupil (front) and instructor (rear) in tandem.

Operation edit

Nord 3202 at Airventure 2006. This example has been re-engined with a Lycoming flat-6.

The Nord 3202 was used as a military training aircraft. After retirement from military use, many examples were sold to the civilian market, including several now (2012) flown in the United States.

Variants edit

Nord 3200
Prototype with a 240hp (179kW) Salmson 8AS-04 engine.
Nord 3201
Prototype with a 170hp (127kW) Regnier 4L-22 engine.
Nord 3202
Production aircraft with a 179 kW (240 hp) Potez 4D-32 engine, 50 built.
Nord 3202B
Production aircraft with a 194 kW (260 hp) Potez 4D-34 engine, 50 built.
Nord 3202B1B
modified by Aérospatiale for use by the Patrouille de l'Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre in aerobatic competitions. Larger ailerons, lower weight, new landing gear, and variable-pitch propeller.
Nord 3212
Redesignation for 3202s fitted with radio compass and equipped for instrument flight training.

Operators edit


Specifications (N 3202) edit

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1962–63[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 8.12 m (26 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.50 m (31 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 2.82 m (9 ft 3 in) in flying attitude
  • Wing area: 16.26 m2 (175.0 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 824 kg (1,817 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,220 kg (2,690 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Potez 4D-32 four-cylinder air-cooled inline engine, 180 kW (240 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed Ratier Type 23-92, 2.25 m (7 ft 5 in) diameter adjustable-pitch propeller


  • Maximum speed: 260 km/h (160 mph, 140 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 195 km/h (121 mph, 105 kn)
  • Stall speed: 83 km/h (52 mph, 45 kn)
  • Range: 1,000 km (620 mi, 540 nmi)
  • Wing loading: 75 kg/m2 (15 lb/sq ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.197 kW/kg (0.120 hp/lb)

See also edit

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

References edit

  1. ^ Taylor, John W.R., ed. (1962). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1962-63. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. pp. 48–49.

Further reading edit

  • Bridgman, Leonard, ed. (1957). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1958-59. London: Jane's All the World's Aircraft Publishing Co. Ltd. p. 161.
  • Saint-Arroman, Fabrice (April 2015). "Les SNCAN 3200 à 3202: Premiers et derniers de la classe". Le Fana de l'Aviation (in French). No. 545. pp. 46–55. ISSN 0757-4169.
  • Taylor, John W. R. (1961). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1961–62. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd. p. 62.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 33.

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