(Variants/Other Names: None)
Broussard G-BKPT, formerly owned and operated by Dave
Sutton, New Jersey, USA.
(Photo contributed by Dave Sutton.)
History: The Max Holste 1521 was developed
from the earlier M.H.152, a 1949 design that the French Army asked for but later
abandoned. The M.H. 1521 Broussard was a larger version of the
M.H.152, carrying five passengers instead of four. It also had a larger Pratt &
Whitney Wasp engine, with double the power of the original. The Max Holste company had
hoped to market this aircraft for ambulance service and photographic work, but eight days
after the initial civilian order the French Army was asking for its own planes. In
military service it was designated the M.H.1521M.
Used as a light utility and aerial artillery observation
post, the Max Holste company continued to produce the Broussard until 1959. The Broussard,
meaning "Bushman," was a strong aircraft with excellent Short Take-Off and
Landing (STOL) characteristics. It was supplied to many former French colonies in Africa,
and was not retired from French service until the early 1980s.
A total of 363 Broussards were completed by Max Holste
between 1954 and 1959. Some M.H.1521Ms still fly in European aero clubs in France, and
there are a few in the United States and Great Britain.
Engine: One 450-hp Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Wasp radial piston engine
Weight: Empty 3,373 lbs., Max
Takeoff 5,953 lbs.
Wing Span: 45ft. 1.25in.
Length: 28ft. 4.5in.
Height: 9ft. 2in.
Armament: One light machine gun; one
grenade-dropping launcher; four underwing stores positions.
Number Built: 363
Number Still Airworthy: Approximately 25
Pilot Report by Raymond
Broussard F-BXCS photo
Light Aircraft Gallery: Broussard photos
Site: Broussard Page
Virtual Aviation Museum:
MH 1521M Broussard
Broussard MH 1521
By Thierry Gibaud
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