When, in 1976,John Britten and Desmond Norman,the founders of Britten-Norman,left the company,Desmond Norman almost immediately started NDN Aircraft .The first product was the NDN-1 Firecracker which first flew in May 1977, but did not enter production . In 1983 a turbine version made its first flight, three were built. . In 1981 the tandem-seated NDN-6 Fieldmaster was built and flown as a crop-sprayer, in addition oil-pollution clearance and firefighting versions, (the Firemaster) , were designed. In the meantime NDN Aircraft had changed its name to Norman Aeroplane Company and 6 Fieldmasters were built as NAC-6s. Finally in 1984 the NAC-1 Freelance was built, based on the BN-3 Nymph .
Over the years the company has had premises at Goodwood,Swansea and Sandown. 1979 plans to build a factory at Arreton Down on the Isle of Wight did not materialise and the company remained at Sandown until it went out of business
Ownership of the Fieldmaster design passed eventually to the EPA Aircraft Co Ltd.Plans for licence production of the Fieldmaster by the Turkish Aeronautical Association -Türk Hava Kurumu, (THK) as the"Taysu" were abandoned in 1999 after 4 aircraft were completed- two airworthy and two engineless aircraft
Listed below are all known aircraft produced by NDN and the Norman Aircraft Co.There are gaps,and if you can fill them please Contact Me
c/n Registration Type OO1 G-NDNI NDN-1 Firecracker r/r N182FR Flight Research Inc Starkville MS.Current 2007. OO2 OO3 OO4 G-NRDC NDN-6 Fieldmaster OO5 G-SFTR NDN-1T Firecracker ,to N2157C NTPS Mojave CA. OO6 G-SFTS NDN-1T Firecracker , to N50FK,Firecracker INc, Eugene .OR OO7 G-SFTT NDN-1T Firecracker to N70878.Firecracker INc, Eugene .OR NAC001 G-NACI NAC-2 srs 180 2001 G-NACA NAC-1 srs 180 Freelance 2002 Freelance - not completed .5 of these(2001/3/4/5 + one other) are currently at Little Rissington (2009) in incomplete state. 2003 as above 2004 as above 2005 as above (2006?) as above 6001 G-BNEG NAC-6 Fieldmaster r/reg G-NACL 6002 G-NACM NAC-6 Fieldmaster r/r Z-NACM Agricair (12/87 - 04/88),G-NACN,TC-ZBC THK Taysu(1999) (as Firemaster 34) 6003 G-NACN NAC-6 Fieldmaster r/r Z-NACN Agricair (12/87 - 04/88),G-NACN,TC-ZBD THK Taysu(1999) (as Firemaster65) 6004 G-NACO NAC-6 Fieldmaster 6005 G-NACP NAC-6 Fieldmaster
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