No. 10312. Sud-Est S.E.1010 (F-WEEE c/n 01)
Photograph from Sud-Est

Sud-Est S.E.1010

12/31/2010. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Ordered by the French Ministère de l'Air (Ministry of Aviation) the S.E.1010 high-altitude photographic survey aircraft was designed and constructed by the SNCASE (Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Sud-Est) at Marignane. Powered by four 1,590 hp SNECMA (previously Gnome-Rhone) 14R-28/29 radials and registered F-WEEE, the aircraft was first flown from Marignane by a crew led by test pilot Jacques Lecarme on November 24, 1948.

Construction of a small production batch was started in 1949. During a test flight on October 1, 1949, the aircraft entered a flat spin, from which it did not recover, the six crew were killed, including test pilot Henri Vanderpol. Subsequently the Ministère de l'Air revised its opinion of piston engines on future aircraft and the project was abandoned.

Created December 31, 2010