No. 9404. CAMS 53 (F-AISV c/n 5)
Photograph from SNCAN


11/30/2009. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Intended for passengers and air mail services to Africa and the Middle-East, Maurice Hurel developed the wooden four-passenger CAMS 53 flying boat from his earlier design, the CAMS 51 C.

As proof of concept, a CAMS 51 was fitted with a strengthened hull and flew in 1927, registered as F-AKBL (c/n 001), when further converted to CAMS 53 specifications, it became the first of 32 built in the factory of Saint-Denis: CAMS 53 (15 built), CAMS 53-1 (larger range, 11 built), CAMS 53-2 (larger payload, 5 built), all powered by two (respectively 500, 580, and 600 hp) Hispano-Suiza twelve-cylinder water-cooled V-engine, while the sole CAMS 53R was powered by two 450 hp Renault 12Ja twelve-cylinder water-cooled V-engines.

Nine aircraft were bought by Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, and the first service Marseilles – Algiers was flown on October 22, 1928. On May 15, 1929, a CAMS 53-2, flown by Gérôme Paris, established a world record when it carried a load of 4,409 lb (2,000 kg) to an altitude of 15,837 ft (4,827 m) over Saint-Raphaël. The last flight by a CAMS 53 was made in 1938.

Registered on October 16, 1928, F-AISV was produced as the fifth CAMS 53, later converted to a CAMS 53-1. A few years later, on January 11, 1933, the aircraft crashed on takeoff from Algiers Harbor, Algeria, one of the three crew was killed, the aircraft was lost."

Created November 30, 2009