RAY WATKINS COLLECTION
No. 8896. Sud-Est S.E.3131 Gouverneur (Governor) (F-WIEA c/n 01)
Photograph from Sud Aviation

Sud-Est S.E.3131 Gouverneur (Governor)

04/30/2009. Remarks by Ray Watkins: "To produce this attractive 'executive' transport version of the S.E.3130, a standard airframe (F-WIEJ c/n 1055) was converted. The five-seat cabin was streamlined with additional sound proofing, and the tail boom and engine mounting were completely enclosed. The S.E.3131 first flew (registered as F-WIEA and with the new c/n 01) on May 10, 1957 and was shown at the Paris Air Show, May 24 to June 6.

After trials and demonstration flights, the aircraft was converted back to the S.E.3130 configuration, reregistered F-BIEA and allotted its original c/n 1055. Subsequently it was sold to the Israel AF where it was coded "07", later "007". Presently it is preserved at the Israel AF Museum at Hatzerim AFB.

Created April 30, 2009