SNCAC (Aerocentre) NC.1080 Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Prototype
The SNCAC NC.1080 single-seat fighter was part of the post-World War 2 rebuilding phase of France - just one was completed.
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The post-World War 2 French aero-industry was a beaten down entity following years of German occupation. Once the war had concluded, business could resume and engineers wasted no time in attempting to return the sector back to global prominence. The timing could not have been better as the jet age was in full bloom and French engineers were chomping at the bit to have their many designs realized during this period.
By the late 1940s, Soviete Nationale de Constructions Aeronautiques du Center, also known as "Aerocentre", was at work on a single-seat, single-engine fighter for possible use by the French Navy (the Aeronavale). The aircraft was scheduled to go up against two other homegrown fighters for the requirement - the Arsenal VG 90 and the Nord 2200.
In the NC.1080, company engineers relied on a single Rolls-Royce "Nene" turbojet engine outputting 5,000lb of thrust. Half-moon intakes were set along the side of the nearly-slab-sided fuselage which sat the pilot at front over the nose under a relatively unobstructed canopy. The engine exhausted through a single port at the rear of the fuselage. Above this was a single vertical tail fin with mid-set horizontal planes. The wing mainplanes were installed at midships and were low-mounted along the fuselage. Slight dihedral was seen of these members and sweepback was apparent only along the leading edges. All-metal construction was used and a wholly retractable tricycle undercarriage was fitted to complete the very modern aircraft.