No. 7419. SECAN SUC 10 Courlis (F-BEKH c/n 31)
Photographed at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace, Le Bourget, Paris, France, source unknown

SECAN SUC 10 Courlis

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.

Created February 28, 2008