No. 8596. Aérocentre NC.1071
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Aérocentre NC.1071

01/31/2009. Remarks by Bernhard Klein: "Derived from the twin Gnome-Rhone 14R radial powered NC.1071, the experimental naval carrier-borne trainer NC.1071 was the first multi-jet aircraft of French design and construction, and flew for the first time on October 12, 1948.

Of unique configuration in that the turbojet nacelles extended aft to line with the rear of the fuselage, each carrying fin and rudder assemblies which were linked at their tips by a horizontal tail surface, the NC.1071 was powered by two 4,850 lb (2,200 kg) thrust Rolls-Royce Nene 101 turbojets, license built by Hispano.

The central fuselage provided accommodation for a maximum of three crew members, and a novel form of wing folding was introduced, each half-wing breaking three times, the inner sections folding upwards and backwards, the central sections folding vertically upwards, and the outer sections folding inwards to lie one above the other.

Several variants of the N.C.1071 were proposed, including an all-weather fighter (NC.1072) and an attack bomber (NC.1073), but after a series of flight tests further development of the design was abandoned."

Created January 31, 2009