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IAF Aircraft Inventory: Nord 1203/II Norecrin I

After the French liberation of 1944 Nord continued its production of the Bf-108 light monoplane as the Nord 1000 and 1100. Using the same basic configuration, the company then developed the Nord 1200 with a fixed landing gear and later the 1203 with a retractable gear.

In 1948, two Nord Norecrins IIs were donated to the IAF by a French family for medical evacuation duties. Arriving in Israel in June 1948, the two aircraft, B.45 and B.46, were employed as liaison and training aircraft for a short time before being retired. In January 1951 the two Norecrins were handed over to the Israeli Aviation Club. Their civil registration were 4X-ADY and 4X-ADT.

Specification: Nord 1203/II Norecrin II
Type: four seat touring light plane.
Powerplant: one Regnier 4L00.
Performance: max speed - 137mph, range - 559 miles.
Weights: empty - 650kg, max takeoff - 1,050kg.
Dimensions: span - 10.22m, length - 7.21m, height - 2.90m.
Armament: none.

Sources: IAF Inventory