The Dassault Flamant is a French light twin-engined transport airplane built shortly after World War II by Dassault Aviation for the French Air Force.
The plane with the glazed nose is an MD-311 navigation, bombing and photography trainer while the other is an MD-312 6-seat liason/communication/VIP version.

Shot with a Canon 5D MKII at Airbourne, an airshow in Eastbourne, UK
and processed with several sky images in Photoshop CC

10/13/2013 FEATURED in the redbubble group ALL THINGS PHOTOGRAPHIC

10/23/2013 FEATURED in the redbubble group SUPERBLY VISUAL

10/31/2013 FEATURED in the redbubble group AIRCRAFT OF THE WORLD

The aircraft was used for pilot training, navigation training, light transport, maritime surveillance and light ground attack. During the Algerian War of Independence the plane was used for light attack with the Nord SS.11 and AS.11 antitank missiles or with machine guns, bombs, and rockets. The Flamant MD 311 (which were based in Algeria to train pilots and navigators at first) was the first aircraft in history to fire one of the world’s first wire guided antitank missile in anger, using French Army SS.11 antitank missiles, in a combat experiment to get at fortified caves located in deep mountain gorges, 1956 from an aircraft based with the special unit of the French Air Force in Algeria, GOM.86. The SS.11 attacks proved extremely successful and the French Army which had provided the missiles, began an experiment which resulted in the worlds first attack helicopters firing antitank missiles. The Flamant stayed in service until 1981. In addition to the French air force, the Flamant served in Cambodia, Madagascar, Tunisia, and Vietnam.

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  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 1 year ago

    Totally awesome!!

  • Although you might think that the jets and some of the real oldies would be more exciting these French planes were the highlight of the three airshows I attended this year. There’s something about the shape, so rocket man or Indiana Jones fighting the Nazis about them that they had to be the first real planes I worked on once comfortably home again. There are three images of them I’m posting so you know I gotta love ’em. Thanks for the “awesome” JR, much appreciated.

    – Chris Lord

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertabout 1 year ago

    Superb image, love the processing.

  • Got a message from a Cedric Boone last night. Turns out he’s one of the flying team for these babies! Loved the shot, gave me some good info on the planes and invited me to go shoot inside them next year. How cool is that?
    Thanks for the kind words, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Lou-Garew
    Lou-Garewabout 1 year ago

    Wow…where do you have to be standing to get that angle? They are almost coming right at you…you are a braver photographer than I!

  • Haha, not to worry Lou, I was safe on the ground. A 400mm lens is your good friend in a case like this. These wonderful planes were putting on a great show over the sea at Eastbourne, UK. I didn’t need to be brave at all, not even get out of my beach chair. Thank you so much for the great comment, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 1 year ago

    Well put together mate.

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Thanks very much

    – Chris Lord

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 1 year ago

    October 13, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Very honored once again Teresa. thanks for the special treat. Cheers

    – Chris Lord

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertabout 1 year ago

    Wow, that sounds fantastic, good for you!!

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 1 year ago

    Another good one Chris.

    The aircraft was used for pilot training, navigation training, light transport, maritime surveillance and light ground attack. During the Algerian War of Independence the plane was used for light attack with the Nord SS.11 and AS.11 antitank missiles or with machine guns, bombs, and rockets.

  • Thanks very much Ted

    – Chris Lord

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonabout 1 year ago

    Cracking capture and write up Chris

  • You are very kind Barry, thanks so much for stopping by, most appreciated, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...about 1 year ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Much gratitude Colin, cheers

    – Chris Lord

  • Tammera
    Tammera12 months ago

  • Cool! And hugely appreciated Tammera, thank you very much. I’m honored indeed.

    – Chris Lord

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