Caudron C.714

The C.714 was a fighter aircraft developed by Caudron-Renault for the French Air Force just prior to the start of World War II. The C.714 saw limited production, and was assigned to Polish pilots flying in France after the fall of Poland in 1939. On 25 May, only a week after it was introduced, French Minister of War Guy la Chambre ordered all C714s to be withdrawn from active service. Since the French authorities had no other aircraft to offer, the Polish pilots ignored the order and continued to fly the Caudrons. 

A small number were also supplied to Finland to fight in the Winter War. Finnish pilots found that it was difficult to start and land the aircraft from the air bases at the front. The Finnish C.714 aircraft were permanently grounded on September 10 1940, and taken out of service in 1941.

Caudron C.714
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Caudron
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1938
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Caudron 90 View

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 8.63 m (28 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.97 m (29 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 2.87 m (9 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 12.5 m (135 ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,395 kg (3,075 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1,880 kg (4,145 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 x Renault 12R 03 inverted V-12 inline piston engine, 373 kW (500 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 460 km/h (249 knots, 286 mph) at 5,000 m (16,400 ft)
  • Range: 900 km (486 nm, 559 mi)
  • Climb to 4000 m: 9.66 min

Armament

  • 4 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine guns

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