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SNCAC (Aerocentre) NC.1080


Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Prototype


France | 1949



"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.

Dimensions included a length of 42.2 feet, a wingspan of 39.4 feet and a height of 15.4 feet. Empty weight was 1,335lb against an MTOW of 16,975lb.

Proposed armament was a collection of 3 x 30mm automatic cannons though these were never fitted.

First-flight of a prototype form was recorded on July 29th, 1949 and these revealed an unstable aircraft, requiring changes to some of the control surfaces and tail area. The product was threatened when SNCAC went defunct later that year, its assets liquidated and ending up in the hands of such local firms as SNCAN, SNCASO and SNECMA. Despite this cloud of uncertainty, engineers persisted with their fighter as flight-testing continued for a short time longer.

However, all hope for the product truly ended when, on April 10th, 1950, the sole prototype crashed (the cause has never been determined). After this, all related development was ended and the NC.1080 fell to the pages of French aviation history. In 1952, the French Navy moved ahead to adopt the British-born de Havilland "Sea Venom" jet-powered fighter (detailed elsewhere on this site) to fulfill its standing requirement.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the SNCAC (Aerocentre) NC.1080 Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Prototype.
1 x Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet engine developing 5,000lb of thrust.
Propulsion
609 mph
980 kph | 529 kts
Max Speed
963 miles
1,550 km | 837 nm
Operational Range
4,920 ft/min
1,500 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the SNCAC (Aerocentre) NC.1080 Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Prototype.
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(MANNED)
Crew
42.2 ft
12.87 m
O/A Length
39.4 ft
(12.00 m)
O/A Width
15.4 ft
(4.70 m)
O/A Height
11,334 lb
(5,141 kg)
Empty Weight
16,976 lb
(7,700 kg)
MTOW
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the SNCAC (Aerocentre) NC.1080 Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Prototype .
PROPOSED:
3 x 30mm automatic cannons.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the SNCAC (Aerocentre) NC.1080 family line.
NC.1080 - Base Series Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the SNCAC (Aerocentre) NC.1080. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): Societe Nationale de Constructions Aeronautiques du Centre (SNCAC) - France
National flag of France

[ France (cancelled) ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (609mph).

Graph Average of 563 MPH.
Era Crossover
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Production Comparison
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Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
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ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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