Nord Noroit

The Nord 1400 Noroit was a French reconnaissance and air-sea rescue flying-boat designed and built by Nord Aviation for the French Navy.

Nord Noroit
Class Aircraft
Type Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Nord Aviation
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1949
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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The Noroit was an amphibian flying boat designed for the French Navy, a cantilever gull-wing monoplane with a two-step hull. It had a cantilever horizontal tail surface with three vertical surfaces. It had an enclosed cabin for the seven crew with large cabin in the rear for use in rescue operations. The aircraft had two-engines located one on each wing leading edge. The prototype as a flying boat first flew on 6 January 1949 powered by two 1,200 kW (1,600 hp) Gnome-Rhône 14R radial engines. The second aircraft was fitted with a retractable tailwheel landing gear for amphibious operation which was later retrofitted to the prototype. The next two aircraft first flown in 1949 were designated the Nord 1401 Noroit and were fitted with two 1,300 kW (1,800 hp) Junkers Jumo 213 engines and both were also tested with two Bristol Hercules radial engines. These two aircraft were modified to production standard as the Nord 1402 Noroit and were followed by 21 production aircraft. The last aircraft delivered to the French Navy in 1956.


  • Nord N.1400 Noroit : Two prototypes with 1,200 kW (1,600 hp) Gnome-Rhône 14R radial engines.
  • Nord N.1400-01 : The first N.1400 Noroit prototype.
  • Nord N.1400-02 : The second N.1400 Noroit prototype.
  • Nord N.1401 Noroit : Two pre-production aircraft with 1,300 kW (1,800 hp) Junkers Jumo 213 engines, later modified to 1402 standard.
  • Nord N.1402 Noroit : Production variant, powered by 1,600 kW (2,100 hp) Arsenal 12H engines; 21 built plus two 1401 pre-production aircraft modified. 

Role Reconnaissance and air-sea rescueflying-boat
Manufacturer Nord Aviation
First flight 6 January 1949
Primary user French Navy

General characteristics

  • Crew: 7
  • Length: 22.05 m (74 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 31.60 m (103 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 6.85 m (22 ft 5½ in)
  • Wing area: 100 m2 (1076.43 ft2)
  • Powerplant: 2 × SNECMA 12H-00 inverted V-12 piston engine, 1566 kW (2100 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 370 km/h (230 mph)
  • Range: 3450 km (2144 miles)


  • 6 x 20mm cannon (two each in nose, dorsal and tail turrets)
  • Provision for bombs in engine nacelles

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