France AF Aircraft Not Used

by the French Air Force

This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the French Air Force but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

1918
The following aircraft types were ordered by the French Air Force in 1918, but had not been delivered by the time of the Armistice in November 1918, when many orders were cancelled:
Sopwith Dolphin Mk II – none delivered.

1940
The following aircraft were ordered by the French Air Force in 1939/40, but had not been delivered by the time of the Armistice in June 1940:
Consolidated LB-30 (B-24 Liberator) – 120 a/c ordered but not delivered in time.
Curtiss H81 A1 Tomahawk – 140 a/c ordered but none delivered by June 1940.
Douglas DB-7A / Havoc II – 200 a/c ordered but none delivered before the surrender. This was a follow-up to the initial order for the DB-7 B3 variant, which WAS delivered.
Northrop (Douglas) A-17 Nomad – 93 ordered, none delivered.
25 Stinson 105s were loaded onto the carrier Bearn in 1940 for AdlA use but France surrended while the ship was en route.

Prototypes
Note: The French Air Force has evaluated a large number of prototypes during its existence, and aircraft that were built with air force funds AND carried air force roundels can be considered French Air Force aircraft. The following aircraft are associated with the air force, but are not believed to have fulfilled this criteria.

Arsenal Ars.1301 (1953)
” Ars.2301 (1951)
Amiot 101C1 (1928)
” 110C1
” 120BN2 (1926)
Airbus A300 – not used
Astoux-Vedrines
Audenis E.P.2 (WWI)
” C2 (1916)
Avro 504C 1 a/c
Avro 504K 1 a/c
Bernard SIMB 10C1 (1924)
” ” 12C1 (1926)
” ” 14C1 (1925)
” ” 15C1 (1926)
Bordelaise A.B.20
” A.B.21 (1934)
Borel C2 / Boccaccio Type 3000 (1919)
” Bo.C.A.P.2
Buscaylet-De Monge 5/2 (1923)
” -Bechereau C1 (1924)
” O2, (C.20?) (1917)
Caudron C.17A2, (Descamps-Brunet A2) (1928)
” C.21
” C.22
” C.33
“(CEP) C.46? (1920s)
” C.101GR
” C.107 (1927)
” C.140 (1928)
Clement-Bayard
Coanada-Delaunay-Belleville
Courtois-Suffit-Lescop(SAIB) C.S.L.1 (1918)
C.P.A.-1 (1926)
Dassault MD316X (1952)
” MD316T (1954)
” MD320 Hirondelle (1968)
” MD410 Spirale (1961)
” MD415 Communaute (1959)
DeBruyere Canard (1917)
Delanne 20T1 (1937)
” 20T2
” 60E1 (1938)
” 60E2 (1939)
” 190P-2
Descamps 27C1 (1919)
” -Brunet 16A2 (1924)
Dewoitine D.15 (1924)
” D.19C1 (1925)
” D.21C1 (1927)
” D.530 (1939)
D.N.F. Biplane (1919)
Doutre
Dufaux(CEA) Avion-Canon (1917)
” ” Scout (1916)
Dyle et Bacalan D.B.10Bn4 (1927)
” ” ” D.B.20?
” ” ” 70
Farman M.F.2A2 (1911)
” M.F.5A2 (1911)
” H.F.7A2 (1911)
” H.F.10A3 (1911)
” H.F.11A2 (1912)
” H.F.15A2 (1912)
” H.F.16A2 (1912)
” H.F.17E2 (1912)
” H.F.33C2 (1915)
” H.F.35C3 (1915)
” H.F.36C2 (1916)
” F.40A2 (1915)
” F1,40A2 (1916)
” F2,40A2 (1918)
” F.40B2 (1915)
” F.40bis
” F.40P Horace (1919)
” F.40ter (1916)
” F.41A2 (1915)
” F1,41A2 (1916)
” F.41E2 (1917)
” F.43A2 (1916)
” F.44
” F.45A2 (1916)
” F.46E2 (1916)
” F1,46E2 (1918)
” F.47
” F.48A2 (1917)
” F.49A2 (1917)
” F.420 (1934)
Focke Wulf Fw 44 Stieglitz
Gourdou-Lesseurre LGL-33C1 Renault, LGL-351 (1925)
” LGL-34C1 (1927)
” LGL-341 (1927)
” LGL-35 [redesig. LGL-354] (1929)
” GL-40 Type G (1922)
” GL-50 CAP 2 Type F (1922)
” GL-51 CAN 2 ” H (1922)
” LGL-351C1 (1927)
” LGL-354 (1927)
” GL-410C1 (1932)
“(Zodiac) GL-450 (1932)
” GL-482 (1933)
Hanriot HD 1 (1917)
” HD-20 (1923)
” HD-26 (1923)
” H.31 (1925)
” H.33C2
” H.110C1 (1933)
” H.115 (1934)
” H.130 (1934)
” H-231 (1937)
Klemm L25
” L32
” L35B
L.A.T. 5
” 6
” 16 (1924)
” 19
Latecoere 3
” 28/5
” 28/9 (1929)
” 550
” 570B4 (1939)
” 631
Leduc 0.10 (1947)
” 0.11 (1951)
” 0.16 (1951)
” 0.21 (1953)
” 0.22 (1956)
Liore-Oliver LeO 4
” ” ” 5 (1919)
” ” ” 8Can2 (1923)
” ” ” 9 (1922)
” ” ” 21 (1934)
” ” ” 122 (1925)
” ” ” 203Bn5 (1931)
” ” ” 205 (1931)
” ” ” 208 (1934)
” ” ” 454
” ” ” 458
Loire 32C1 (1929)
” 33C1 (1929)
” 34C1 (1929)
” 43C1 (1932)
Microturbo Microjet 200 (1981)
” ” 200B (1985)
Morane Saulnier M.S.222
” M.S.224C1 (1932)
” M.S.233 (1931)
” M.S.234? (1934)
” M.S.275C1 (1936)
” M.S.325C1 (1933)
” M.S.407L.P. (1939)
” M.S.411 (1939)
” M.S.477 (1950)
” M.S.479 (1952)
” M.S.700 (1948)
” M.S.730 (1949)
” M.S.731 (1950)
” M.S.732 (1951)
Nieuport 12bis (1916)
” 13
” 14A2 (1916)
” 15B2 (1916)
” 28C1 Bebe (1917)
” Triplane (1916)
” Monoplane (1917)
Nieuport-Delage NiD 31 (1918)
” ” NiD 52C1 91927)
” ” NiD 72C1 Leger (1928)
” ” NiD 82 (1931)
” ” NiD 83 (mod 12) (1916)
” ” NiD 121C1 (1932)
” ” NiD 123 (1934)
” ” NiD 125 (1934)
” ” NiD 160 (1935)
” ” NiD 161 (1936)
” ” NiD 225 (1934)
” ” NiD 580R2 (1933)
” ” NiD 590Col3 (1933)
” ” NiD 623 (1931)
” ” NiD 624
” ” NiD 625 (1929)
” ” NiD 628 (1931)
Potez XICAP2 (1922)
” 26 (1924)
” 27A2 (1926)
” 32 (1928)
” 35 (1928)
” 41Bn4,.5 (1934)
” 41E [1/4 scale model] (1933)
” 44?
” 49-1
” 51E.T.2 (1933)
Salmson 1A3
” 3 (1917)
” 4AB2 (1919)
” 5A2
” SB5 (1925)
” SB6 (1926)
” 7A2
SECAT RG-75 (1948)
SECM Type 22 (1922)
SFAN 11 L2 (1940)
SFCA Lignel 10 Foudre (1938)
” ” 16
Sipa S.21 (1956)
” S.300R (1954)
” S.1100 (1958)
SNECMA C.400P-2 Altar Volant (1957)
” C.450 Coleoptere (1958)
Fouga Super Magister CM173 (1965) – retained civil registration
Sud Aviation SA321H Super Frelon (1976)
Fouga 90 (1978)
Sopwith Camel
SPAD V – ordered but none built.
SPAD SA.3
SPCA 10 (1928)
” 20 (1928)
” 30M4 (1932)
” 34
” 81Col2
” 90Col3
Sud Est S.E.1010 (1948)
” S.E.1200 (1948)
” S.E.1210 (1948)
Sud Ouest S.O.6000 Triton (1946)
” S.O.6000J (1946)
” S.O.6000N (1948)
” S.O.6000R (1948)
” S.O.M.1 (1948)
” S.O.M.2 (1949)
Vedome Monoplane (1911)
Weymann 80R.2 (1932)
” W-1 (1915)
Wibault 12C2 Sirocco (1926)
Wibault 121C2 Sirocco (1929)

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Aircraft Not Used

of the Free French Air Force

This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Free French Air Force but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Northrop P-61 Black Widow
The French Air Force section in Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft for 1945 lists the P-61 as one of the aircraft types operated. The P-61 was never used by the Free French Air Force.

Aircraft Not Used

of the French Navy

This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the French Navy but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Aerospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil
22 examples reportedly used from 1988. Never used by the Navy.

Agusta-Bell AB47G
Eight examples reported from about 1959. Never used by the Navy.

Avro Lancaster AS.III
Some examples reported in use. Never used by the Navy.

Beech C-45 Expeditor
Some C-45s reported in service, but this was a simple confusion with the JRB-4 naval version actually used, which was very similar.

Bleriot-SPAD S.39
Some examples reported from about 1921. Never used by the Navy.

Bloch MB.218 Hy
This series production floatplane version of the Bloch MB.210 was never delivered despite an order for eight units from SNCASO in 1937.

Breguet Br.764 Deux-Ponts
The Br.764 was a proposed anti-submarine warfare version of the Br.761 for the Navy. The prototype Br.761 was to be converted, but the project was abandoned.

Breguet Br.1100M
The Br.1100M was the proposed navalised version of the Br.1100. The third Br.1100 prototype was planned to be for this variant, but in the end was not built.

Consolidated 28-5MF
Thirty examples of this version of the Catalina was ordered by the Aeronavale in early 1940, but none were delivered by the time of the Armistice.

de Havilland Sea Venom FAW.20
Four examples reported from 1952. These aircraft were actually knock-down kits assembled by SNCASE as Aquilon 20 prototypes.

Dewoitine D.732
One example reported from about 1942. Construction of this aircraft was never completed.

Farman F.51
The prototype was submitted for evaluation, but never wore Aeronavale colours.

Grumman F4F Wildcat
Eighty-one G-36A Wildcats ordered by the Aeronavale, but the first example did not fly until just after the Armistice. These aircraft were taken over by the British Royal Navy.

Grumman F8F Bearcat
All F8F Bearcats received by France were operated by the Air Force, not the Navy.

Hanriot HD-27
The HD-27 single-seat fighter of 1922 as a programme for the Air Force, not the Navy.

Hanriot NC-530
The NC-530 was a tactical reconnaissance aircraft developed for the Air Force, not the Navy.

Levasseur VAM.B.C.2
One example used in 1928. No information available about the existence of this aircraft.

Liore et Olivier LeO 130
Several examples reported to have been used from 1930. No such aircraft type. Possible confusion with Loire 130.

Liore et Olivier LeO 633
Fifteen examples reported to have been used. No such aircraft type.

Morane-Saulnier WR
Some examples of this floatplane racer reported in use. Never used by the Navy – possibly a confusion with the similar Morane-Saulnier G landplane.

Romano R.4
The Romano R.4 reconaissance floatplane of 1927 failed to achieve any sales with the Aeronavale.

Romano R.5
The Romano R.5 flying boat of 1932 failed to achieve any sales with the Aeronavale.

Romano R.90
The Romano R.90 floatplane fighter of 1935 failed to achieve any sales with the Aeronavale.

Voisin X
About 20 examples reported from 1918. This appears to be confusion with the structurally similar Voisin VIII, which actually was used. (The main difference was the switch to a Renault engine).

Wassmer CE.43 Guepard
Two examples reported from 1984. These aircraft were actually used by the DCAN (French Naval Dockyard Agency).

Wibault 75
Eighteen examples reported from about 1933. Supposedly a version of the Wibault 74 C1 with cameras fitted, a batch of 18 being built after the original 18 Wb 74s. Most authoritative sources say only 24 Wb 74s were built in total, and don’t mention the Wb 75.

Aircraft Not Used

by the French Army

This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the French Army but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Aerospatiale AS.365F Dauphin 2
Eleven reportedly in use, but actually with the Aeronavale.

De Havilland HC-6 Twin Otter
Eight reportedly in use, but actually with the Air Force.

Sikorsky H-34
Numerous sources mention in vague terms the use of the H-34 by the ALAT, but there seems to be much confusion with the H-34s used by the Air Force (Armee de l’Air), especially in the Algerian War. In fact, none were actually used by the ALAT.

Stinson L-1 Voyager
Some reportedly used by ALAT, but none recorded. Some may have served with the Free French Air Force, but not the Army.

Aircraft Not Used
Cyprus Air Command

This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Cyprus Air Force but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Bell 206B JetRanger
Reports of the Cyprus Air Force operating the Bell 206B are due to the similarity of this type with the 206L LongRanger, which is actually operated.

Bell 412
In late 2001, a $22 million US dollar motion to procure 4 Bell 412EP medium-transport helicopters was vetoed by the Cypriot House of Representatives. Existing political tensions between the two leading parties, DISY and AKEL, further exacerbated by a standing US embargo on arms to Cyprus, forced the purchase to be abandoned.

Hughes 369
Two Hughes 369/Hughes 500 have been frequently reported to be operated by the Cyprus Air Force. In fact these two helicopters are Argentine Air Force machines operated on behalf of UNFICYP in full United Nations markings.

Furthermore, since 1970, Cyprus has utilised the service of two training and observation helicopters of the Hellenic Army, supplied via the ELDYK garrison. The type, initially, was the Hughes 369, though these were returned to Greece in 1972, and later replaced two or three times with McDonnell Douglas MD-500 Defenders. Since operation and control of the aircraft unit lay within the local jurisdiction of the Hellenic Army, the type was very rarely seen in active Cypriot military deployment, despite being armed, and was retained for training only. The status of MD-500 contribution in now unclear.

Kamov Ka-32 Helix
The Ka-32 Helix is an unusual double co-axial rotor aircraft from Kamov of Russia. A total of 2 aircraft were leased by the Cyprus Government from the Ukraine in 2001 for 16-month trials to assess it as a new helicopter for the armed forces. The main requirement for the new aircraft type totalled 3 units capable of fighting forest-fires during peace-time, while also performing short-to-medium range patrol and light transport duties for the armed forces and coastguard.
Both aircraft are still currently in Cyprus and are based at Larnaca International Airport. It is not clear how long they are due to stay in the country and whether or not the type itself would be procured.

MDH MD500
Two MD500 have been wrongly reported as being operated by the Cyprus Air Force. Possibly due to confusion with the Hughes 369, see above.

Mil Mi-2
Reports of the Mi-2 being in service with the Cyprus Air Force are due to confusion with the PZL-Swidnik W-3 Kania, a derivative of the Mi-2.

Mil Mi-2
In 2002 a discrete purchase of 3 Mil Mi-17 Hip-H transport helicopters failed to reach completion.

Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aircraft Not Used

by the Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Army of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Bellanca Citabria
1+ reportedly used in 1993 – not actually used.

Mil Mi-24 Hind
5 reportedly ordered in 1998 – none delivered.

Soko J-21 Jastreb
Some reported in use in 1992-95. None actually used.

Soko J-22 Orao
Some reported in use in 1992-95. None actually used.