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    The Regnier company having acquired one of the 3 Caudron C360 built in order to compet at the race « coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe 1936».

    This airplane was equipped with the Regnier R6 engine, a 6 cylinder in-line inverted engine of 7.95 liters and an initial power of 205hp.

    This engine, a little heavier than the Renault for which the airframe had been initially planned, obliged Regnier to shorten the frame of the firewall because of a more forward centering. The fuselage is thus reduced by about twenty centimetres.

    Accidentally injured during the tests, he had to abandon.

    Repaired, the power of its engine increased to 220hp, it finished second in the 1934 edition of the cup.

    Compared to its presentation in 1933, we will note an extended hood air intake. The inscriptions on the fin have been modified, and a red and white band encircles its fuselage behind the cockpit. He was given the race number 4.

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    May 19, 1935 Etampes-Mondesir airfield for the " Deutsch Meurth cup".

    The Caudron C450, winner of the 1934 cup, is towed onto the track to compete in this new edition.

    Start of the first race. The C450 engine refuses to start. The spark plugs have to be changed, which makes Monville lose a quarter of an hour and leaves him with a handicap that is impossible to overcome.

    In the afternoon Arnoux replaces Monville aboard the C450 to compete in the second race part. Unfortunately, the devein forces him to land due to a new fouling of the spark plugs. After being repaired, he took off again and continues his round at an average speed of 400km/h and finished the race in third place behind the Caudron C460 of Delmotte and Lacombe.

    The plane was then kept in reserve. There were many tests of engine cooling (experimenting with conventional radiators and new air intakes) and a retractable landing gear.

    The adventure of the 6910 will not stop there since, equipped with a thrust version of its engine, and equipped with its fixed gear, we will find it transformed into a two-seater taking down the world speed records of its category. It was designed C450R2, model that I have already proposed to you.

    The C450 epic will not stop there since it was entered and won the Deutsch Meurthe Cup in 1936!

    To be continued.

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    Etampes-Mondésir airfield France)on May 19, 1935.

    the series of Caudron Renault race planes continues with this one.


    Raymond Delmotte's Caudron C460, coded 8, is prepared by the mechanics during the 1935 edition of the Deutsch de la Meurthe Cup, which he will win at an average speed of 443,965km/hour.

    The Caudron C460 n°6907, coded 8, driven by Raymond Delmotte, won the 1935 edition of the Deutsch de la Meurthe Cup. It had been qualified at more than 399km/h.

    During the first round of the race, the C460s covered circuits at over 450km/h, beating the 100km record (434km/h).

    Maurice Arnoux, on the C460 n°6908 coded 6 was constrained to retire, his engine not having resisted an over rpm.

    Delmotte completes the last of the 2000km to be covered at over 444km/h and wins the cup, closely followed by Lacombe on the second C460 n°6909 coded 5.

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    Etampes airfield (France) on September 9, 1936. compressed air connected to start the engine, the mechanic waits for Gracieuse Lallus to stick his head into the tiny space at the front of the aircraft to close the access.

    Maurice Arnoux, at the controls, is ready to start his engine and set out to set new speed records.


    This is the only C450 airframe n°6910, winner of the "Deutsch de la Meurthe" Cup in 1934 and holder of numerous speed records, including those "set" by Hélène Boucher.

    This airframe was equipped with an improved Renault 456 engine, pushed to 370 hp on the bench, allowing engine overloads of limited duration.

    An additional surface radiator was installed on the left side of the engine hood.

    Intended to tackle the speed records in the light multi-seat aircraft category with an unladen weight limited to 560kg, it was naturally designated C450R2.

    A rudimentary passenger seat, drowned in the fuselage, was arranged between the engine and the cockpit, behind the fuel tank.

    It makes it possible to accomodate a person of small size.

    An upper sliding glass panel allows access to it, and two small portholes on the sides give a semblance of visibility towards the ground.

    Note that the passenger will have to bear the noise and heat of the engine, which is hellish despite the addition of an extra radiator!

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    In June 1934, Hélène Boucher signed a contract with the new company Caudron-Renault.

    On July 8, 1934, she finished second at the "12 heures d'Angers" on Caudron C530 Rafale to the general astonishment. She flew her aircraft alone (her crewmember did not know how to fly) while the winning crew took turns.

    Conquered but cautious, Riffard, the "Father" of the Caudron race planes, entrusted her with the Caudron C450 "13" which won the last "Deutsch de la Meurthe Cup", to try to hit a few records.

    On August 8, 1934, in Istres (south of France), triumphant success. The women's record over 100km, and above all the all categories record over 1000km, are beaten at 412.371km and 409.184km/h.

    Hélène Boucher is the first woman in the history of aviation to hold the international speed record for all categories (class C) over 1000km.

    Three days later, on August 11th, she brought the world record for women's (speed on base) to 445.028km/h.

    Hélène Boucher is the holder of seven records, six of which are on Caudron-Renault aircraft.

    On October 30 she was killed near Guyancourt airfield (near Paris) aboard her Caudron C430 Rafale F-AMVB. She was 26 years old.

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