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Only few is known about this float plane.
End 1914, the Aviation Maritime orders make mention of a Caudron floatplane powered with a 120 hp Salmson, it was a two-seater single-engine floatplane. In february 1915 this Caudron is tested at Frejus Saint-Raphael but it seems that it failed. July 1915 the records mention it as at Lyon (Caudron factory). Finaly the plane was accepted in october 1915 (pilot Maicon), modifications were : the increase of wing surface and a new engine (the 150 hp Canton-Unne).
In spite of a long operational life (october 1915 to february 1917 on the Mediterranean theatre), the Aviation Maritime never ordered other floatplanes of this type. Why ?
Nothing known about bad flying performance, but Lucien MORAREAU (*) gives 2 reasons :
1/ The interest of Aviation Maritime for the twin-engine Caudron R4 (floatplane type) (end 1915)
2/ All the production of the Caudron factories was for l' (and not for the navy).
Technical features (usely given) :
wing span : 15,75 m
length : 8,40 m
height : 3,10 m
wing surface : 40 m2
weight : 700 kg
engine : 150 hp Canton-Unne R9
speed : 110 km/h
crew : 2
Used by the french Aviation Maritime from october 1915 to february 1917 successively at "escadrille de Brindisi", "escadrille de Port Said", "CAM de Salonique". It was back in France at Frejus Saint-Raphael in february 1917 and disappeared from the official register.
Military serial : C4