Transall C-160

Transporter Allianz, or Transall, was a multinational consortium formed in 1959 specifically to produce one type of transport aircraft, the C-160, for the French and German armed services.  Corporate members of Transall were Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm, Fokker and Aerospatiale.

Transall’s product, the C-160, proved successful.  As the consortium’s only product, the aircraft itself is often just called the Transall.  Flying February 25, 1963, it enjoyed a 20-year production run from 1965 to 1985, 214 aircraft being produced, and remained in service for over 50 years.  Besides France and Germany, it has been used by Turkey and South Africa.

C-160D “50-96”

This Transall from Germany’s Luftwaffe was an unusual visitor to the 2014 Thunder Over Michigan airshow.  It was visiting from Air Transport Wing 61 at Penzing Air Base in Bavaria.