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  • G-ORDY
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    • Mar 2005
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    Nord 1201 Norecrin F-BDSO, c/n 20 - info and photos needed

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ID:	3866013 The Ailes Limousin (Limousin Wings) based in Limoges has an early Norecrin, F-BDSO, which was literally found in a barn in the summer of 2018 and which we are aiming to start to restore to fly as soon as our Djinn helicopter is completed - later this year. The previous owner had stored it for several decades (it was de-registered in December 1978) and he had died several years ago. His family sold the aeroplane to us but could find no log books or other documentation.

    So we are appealing for photos, spotting logs, magazine articles, anything in fact which will help me to piece together its history.

    Start digging please!
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  • avion ancien
    Long ago and far away ...
    • Aug 2007
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    F-BDSO looks to be in a remarkably good condition - certainly compared to F-BBKX, which languishes at the entrance to a 'museum' a little further north.

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    • viscount
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      • Mar 2011
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      #3
      An October 1963 printed enthusiast's French Register provides this information:

      F-BDSO Nord 1201 c/n 20, no previous identity, registered to Aero Club du Gresivaudan, with a likely base at Le Versoud.

      Sorry not much and the place names are meaningless to me.

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      • avion ancien
        Long ago and far away ...
        • Aug 2007
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        #4
        Grenoble way.

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        • G-ORDY
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          #5
          Originally posted by viscount View Post
          An October 1963 printed enthusiast's French Register provides this information:

          F-BDSO Nord 1201 c/n 20, no previous identity, registered to Aero Club du Gresivaudan, with a likely base at Le Versoud.

          Sorry not much and the place names are meaningless to me.
          Thats very useful, we did think it may have been based near Grenoble. I will contact the club to see if they have any information.
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          • avion ancien
            Long ago and far away ...
            • Aug 2007
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            #6
            It's a shame that the DGAC has removed all historical data from the CDN/CNRA registration records on its website leaving those wishing to research the history of French civil registered aircraft to resort to ancient printed copies of these registers!

            According to the 1969 LAAS and 1973 A-B French civil registers, F-BDSO was then registered to Jean-Pierre Chenot and based at Aix-les-Milles (on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence). By 1975 (according to that year's A-B French register) it was registered to Maurice Xavier but still based at Aix-les-Milles. Contact details for the flying clubs currently at Aix-les-Milles will be found at https://www.aixenprovencetourism.com/fr/fiche/3204/.
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            • G-ORDY
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              #7
              Thanks for the information Avion Ancien , I will follow them up, I have heard back from the Aero Club du Gresivaudan but they say they never had a Norecrin!
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              • dh83
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                • Jun 2006
                • 67

                #8
                F-BDSO registered 25-7-47 C d N 26-8-47, by 1963 it was with Aero Club du Poussilin, Perpignan

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                • G-ORDY
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                  • Mar 2005
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ID:	3866209 We now have a list of owners and bases - any photos out there?
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                  • avion ancien
                    Long ago and far away ...
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                    #10
                    I'd be very interested to know the source of that 'screen shot'.

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                    • G-ORDY
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by avion ancien View Post
                      I'd be very interested to know the source of that 'screen shot'.
                      Trait dUnion magazine, Issue No. 110. Published by the French branch of Air-Britain, available on DVD.
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                      • avion ancien
                        Long ago and far away ...
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                        #12
                        Thank you. I have the DVD (hopefully the next one should be available soon) but wasn't aware the the Norcrin production history was on it.

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                        • avion ancien
                          Long ago and far away ...
                          • Aug 2007
                          • 5308

                          #13
                          Originally posted by viscount View Post
                          F-BDSO Nord 1201 c/n 20, no previous identity, registered to Aero Club du Gresivaudan, with a likely base at Le Versoud.
                          It might be beneficial to contact Pierre Courrier, perhaps via the Le Versoud airfield website (http://www.aerodromeleversoud.fr/) where his history of the airfield appears. Judging by the level of detail in that, maybe he's more likely than most to be able to tell you if F-BDSO operated from there and, if so, about it - and, possibly, he may know of any photos of the Norcrin there.

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                          • G-ORDY
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                            • Mar 2005
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by avion ancien View Post

                            It might be beneficial to contact Pierre Courrier, perhaps via the Le Versoud airfield website (http://www.aerodromeleversoud.fr/) where his history of the airfield appears. Judging by the level of detail in that, maybe he's more likely than most to be able to tell you if F-BDSO operated from there and, if so, about it - and, possibly, he may know of any photos of the Norcrin there.
                            Thanks - Ill give it a try!
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