BILL EWING COLLECTION
No. 12198. Roussel 30
Photograph from Musée de l'Air

Roussel 30

11/30/2013. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Conceived as a private-venture single-seat lightweight fighter, the Roussel 30 was flown for the first time in April 1939, and featured a duralumin monocoque fuselage and all-metal wing with fabric-covered movable surfaces. Powered by a 690 hp Gnome-Rhone 14M7 fourteen-cylinder radial, the Roussel 30 had provision for an armament of two wing-mounted 0.787 in (20 mm) cannon and a centerline fuselage rack for a single 551 lb (250 kg) bomb.

Official trials were conducted from August 1939, and the prototype was in process of being re-engined with an 800 hp version of the Gnome-Rhone 14M when the Wehrmacht approached Paris. The aircraft was dismantled and trucked to Bordeaux, but was subsequently destroyed when the building in which it was stored caught fire.

Created November 30, 2013