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N16MH, Max Holste, Le Broussard | by Armen Woosley
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N16MH, Max Holste, Le Broussard

Make: Avions Max Holste

Year: 1956

Sr#: 016

Reg# N16MH

Md#: MH 1521 Le Broussard

Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-985

This is 1 of the 279 that were produced.

In fifties the French government issued a specification for the delivery of an aircraft to provide 'armée de terre and used as plane connection, from observation and reconnaissance. The Max Holste proposed the prototype MH.152A single-engine high wing that could carry, in addition to the pilot, 4 people and entrusted to a propulsion engine Salmson Argus AS-10, An eight cylinders to 90 ° V reversed air-cooled capable of delivering a power of 220 CV (164 kW). Flown for the first time June 12 1951, Proved to be undersized and underpowered for the demands of the project and it was decided to cancel the program.


The French company then decided to independently develop a model that, even though it follows the original idea, had the slightly larger size, and with a more powerful radial engine to assign the designation MH.1521 and subsequently integrated Broussard. The first prototype was flown by test pilot Pierre Henry[2] the November 17 1952 and after being deemed suitable to the specific demands it was initially launched in series production for the civilian market in June 1954 but that was required after a given period by the French government for military purposes. The version made specifically for military use, the MH-1521M, was flown for the first time 'February 11 1958[2]. ssard


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Taken on April 8, 2010