No. 4459. Aérocentre NC.1080 (F-WFKZ)
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Aérocentre NC.1080

09/30/2015. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Designed under the direction of Ingenieur Pillon and built by the SNCA du Centre (Aérocentre), the NC 1080 was developed as part of a single-seat shipboard fighter program (competing designs being the Arsenal VG 90 and Nord 2200). The NC.1080 was powered by a 5,000 lb (2,268 kg) s.t Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet, featured 22.5 deg wing sweepback at quarter-chord and was intended to mount an armament of three 1.18 in (30 mm) cannon. The prototype was flown on 29 July 1949, and modifications were immediately found necessary to the spoilers and tail surfaces. The Aérocentre had meanwhile been dispersed, but testing of the NC.1080 continued at Brétigny and Villaroche, servo controls being fitted in February-March 1950, and the aircraft being destroyed in an accident (the cause of which was never ascertained) on April 10. No further development was undertaken.

Created July 17, 2005