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C-160 Transall

A German Air Force C-160.

The Transall C-160 is a twin engine military transport aircraft and the only aircraft manufactured by Transall. It is currently the primary military transport aircraft of both France and Germany.


Design work on the C-160 began in 1959 when Nord Aviation, Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm, and Vereinigte Flugtechnische Werke formed the Transall company in order to create a new transport aircraft for France, Germany, Turkey, and South Africa. The aircraft first flew on February 25th, 1963, and entered service in 1967. 214 were made before production ended in 1985. It has been a relatively successful aircraft, only being involved in one fatal crash. The C-160 has been operated as a tanker aircraft, command aircraft, and electronic warfare aircraft, and is still in service with France, Germany, and Turkey. However, it is being replaced by the Airbus A400M in the next few years.


  • Powerplant: two Rolls-Royce Tyne RTy.20 Mk 22 engines
  • Maximum speed: 319 mph
  • Range: 5,504 miles
  • Service ceiling: 27,001 feet
  • Crew: 3
  • Capacity: 93 additional people or 35,275 lbs of cargo.
  • Empty weight: 63,934 lbs
  • Length: 106 feet 3.5 inches
  • Height: 38 feet 3.75 inches
  • Wingspan: 131 feet 3 inches
  • Armament: none