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Max Holste MH.1521 Broussard walkaround

30 March 2011

Max Holste MH.1521 Broussard walkaround

One day, after a visit to an aircraft museum, I dropped by a small nearby airfield called the Alfred Dunn Airpark because one never knows when an odd or unusual aircraft might be spotted. On this day I saw one of my favorite aircraft, a de Havilland Beaver — but no? This aircraft had twin tails and, as in nature, DH Beavers have only a single tail apiece!

It was a French made MH.1521 Broussard — made by the Max Holste company in the late 1950s — with stout conventional gear, robust radial engine and twin tail — ready to land on an airport or airstrip with equal ease. Here are photos of this spectacularly maintained aircraft:

The Max Holste MH.1521 Broussard — photo by Joe May

A better view of the Broussard’s twin tail — photo by Joe May

Right side view of this Max Holste Broussard — photo by Joe May

The Broussard’s cabin exterior — photo by Joe May

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Frank permalink
    30 March 2011 10:54

    There’s a Super Broussard based somewhere in the San Juan Islands. I see it at my local airport in Anacortes from time to time.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      30 March 2011 15:17

      Thanks, that is so cool to know. It’s just amazing to me how oen can keep an aircraft flying even though it’s been out of manufacture for decades. Again, it’s nice to hear of another oen of these is in flying shape and is being used.

  2. shortfinals permalink
    1 April 2011 11:04

    I was lucky enough to do some local flying in a Broussard from Wroughton Airfield, Wiltshire, with one of the co-owners. It is amazingly roomy inside, (and VERY noisy) but feels very heavy. When I asked why, I was told that this was due to the armour plates under the floor, which had been fitted to prevent small-arms fire entering (the aircraft had flown during the war in Algeria)

  3. travelforaircraft permalink*
    2 April 2011 12:27

    It does look roomy to me, as well, and I like the double doors on the left side — French doors at that 😉 An armor plated floor? No worries about tossing cargo into that Broussard!

  4. ken permalink
    25 December 2015 17:09

    yes indeed it is heavy, I just bought one. If you took all that armor plating out it would have some performance. Good flyer though heavy; leave the power on with full flaps or she’ll just drop in

  5. STEVE permalink
    3 October 2019 18:17

    If you watch Belle and Sebastian 2 the Adventure Contiunes they use this Aircraft in the film.


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