02/28/2008. SECAN (Société d'Etudes et de Construction Aéro-Navales) was a branch of the Société des Usines Chaussons (hence the SUC-abbreviation in the designation), a well-known French automobile industry company. Its first design was the Courlis (Curlew) small four-seat light cabin monoplane, registered as F-WBBF (c/n 01), the prototype flown for the first time on May 9, 1946.
Production reached 144 airframes, of which 53 remained in France, and
a considerable number went to South America. However, continuing
problems with the 190 hp Mathis G8R eight-cylinder inverted Vee
air-cooled engine, eventually led to the withdrawal of the type
certificate of the engine in 1957, and not all 144 airframes flew.
The pictured aircraft was originally registered as F-BEKH.
Deteriorated while stored for many years it was apparently traded in
1978 for a case of Champaign to a group of enthusiasts who restored
the aircraft in four years. It was finished in the markings of the
first production aircraft, hence marked
F-BBXY c/n 1. It was presented
to the Museum on June 23, 1991.