Post by MilitaryAirshows on Aug 12, 2012 13:13:43 GMT
More info & pics on the Brittany Shuttle - Max Holste Broussard and Cri Cri
The Brittany Shuttle - Max Holste Broussard and Cri Cri
The Jersey International Air Display has gained a worldwide reputation for innovation and for bringing to Jersey aircraft and acts that are rare or unusual and which have either never appeared before in the British Isles or in recent memory. This year is no exception and with the Brittany Shuttle we have not only the launch of the first aircraft in flight from another aircraft in Great Britain since 1939, but also the first electrically powered aircraft in Jersey and possibly the United Kingdom. The Brittany Shuttle combination consists of the Max Holste Broussard (Bushman) mother ship and the Colomban MC-15E-Cristaline Cri Cri (French for Cricket).
· The Max Holste MH-1521 is a 1950's French six seat utility aircraft designed by Max Holste to meet a French Army requirement for a lightweight liaison and observation aircraft.
The Broussard has a braced, straight rectangular wing mounted on the top of the fuselage, which itself starts with a nose-mounted 450 hp (336 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 radial piston engine in a circular-shaped nacelle and then tapers back into a straight sided cockpit and passenger/cargo area to the tail with its distinctive horizontal stabiliser and twin vertical tail fins and rudders. It is equipped with a fixed tailwheel type undercarriage. The aircraft a maximum speed of 168 mph (270 km/h) and a maximum ceiling of 18.045 ft (5500 m). The prototype Broussard first flew on 17 November 1952 and was followed by the first civil and military production aircraft in June 1954. 363 examples were built between 1954 and 1959 and it remained in French military service until the 1980s.The aircraft served during the Algerian War of Independence as an artillery spotter and in an air supply/ambulance role where its good short-field performance and resistance to ground fire was required. · The Cri Cri was designed by Michel Columban in the early 1970s. It is the world's smallest twin-engined aircraft and to look at is the equivalent of a flying bathtub.
The fuselage which measures 12ft 8 inches (3.9 m) starts with a small, smooth, tiny nose that quickly transitions into a flat lower surface and angular sides that move towards a point at the end of the tail. The dominant feature is the cockpit area which starts with a curved plastic screen leading to an oversized bubble canopy that encloses the pilot's single seat and gives him 360 degree visibility. The wings are rectangular in shape and have a span of 16 ft. (4.8m). Their most distinguishing feature are the flaperons (combined ailerons and flaps) on both wings. The tailplane consists of a T-shaped configuration comprising of a vertical fin and rudder and a high-mounted horizontal tailplane. On the ground it sits on a fixed tricycle undercarriage.
The Cri Cri taking part in this year's air display is powered by two 35 hp electrically-driven Electravia GMPE 104 motors in aerodynamically designed cowlings which are mounted on two short pylons that originate immediately behind the nose and form a distinctive V-shape. They in turn drive two counter-rotating, two-bladed E-Props propellers. The motors are powered by a pair of lithium-polymer Kokam batteries which contain 3 kilowatt-hours of electricity and weigh 24 kilograms.
The aircraft was flown by Hugues Duval, when he broke the world air speed record for electrically powered aircraft on 5 September 2010 at the Pontoise Air Show in France. He achieved a speed of 162 mph (262 km/h) beating the existing 155 mph record which was held by an Italian team. He then went on to smash his own record at the Paris Air Show on 25 June 2011, when he achieved a new world record of 175.46 mph (283 km/h). Although it is believed that the batteries and engines could propel the aircraft to 220 mph (350 km/h) to do so would exceed the structural strength of the aircraft.
It is flown in the air display by Dominique Lauapre who will demonstrate the Cri Cri's fully aerobatic capability after separation. It is stressed for manoeuvres of up to +9 and -4.5 G, before returning to the airport to re-charge his batteries.The Broussard is flown by Robert Laurent and the mechanic is Samuel Kernin.