Manufacturer: Nord Aviation

Model: 4500 to 4503

Name: Noralcor

Type: Transport


Status: Experimental

Country: France

Service: Armée de l'air

Designation: Nord 4500 to 4503


The Nord Aviation 4500 Noralcor was a lengthened, four-wing derivative of the famed Noratlas to transport freight and paratroopers. It featured small jets at the wingtips that could tilt 25% to help with short take-off.

The Nord 4501 variant was for freight only. The 4502 was a in-flight refueling variant. The Nord 4503 was a paratrooper transport version with cranked booms and raised tail.


The Noralcor was reworked from an existing Noratlas general arrangement. I have reproduced only the profile view from it (bottom right) to give you a general idea.

Viewers' comments:
  • Nor-alcoa (Caravellarella)
  • My eyes enjoy this tandem-wing triple-boomer very much! Funny and elegant all at once! I meant "elegant" in the fashion-cloth way: long tall pretty top-model (Tophe)

My comments:

Well... if you say so... :) I'd agree on the "funny" bit... not so much on the "elegant" part... but as they say, elegance is in the eye of the whiffer...