"A beautiful aircraft is the expression of the genius of a great engineer, who
is also a great artist."
Nevil Shute, No Highway, New York (Willliam Morrow & Co.) 1947.
1/7 scale wind tunnel
of a SNCASO
French, circa 1948.
The Espadon (Swordfish) was a single-seater
interceptor designed for the French air force, it
was developed by the Societe Nationale de
Constructions Aeronautiques de Sud-Ouest
(SNCASO), under the design leadership of
It flew for the first time on 12th of November
1948 with a Rolls Royce Nene Mk-100 turbojet
built under license by Hispano Suiza. The
Espadon lacked power so was uprated by
using a under fuselage SEPR 25 auxiliary rocket
motor, which ran on a mix of fluraline and nitric
The Espadon was further developed and
became the first European aircraft to reach
Mach 1 in level flight on the 15th of December
1953, piloted by Andre Turcat.
G.A.C. 100 MODEL.
1/10 scale wind
model of a G.A.C.100.
USA, circa 1969.
The model is constructed out of laminated
mahogany, and has moving ailerons, rudder,
and trims. Wingspan: 7ft (214 cm)
It was made in 1969 by F.W. Dixon & Co of
Newton MA, for General Aircraft Corp.
The model was tested in the wind tunnel at the
Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory, Cambridge,
MA. The tests were led by Prof. J.T.
Bicknell of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of
Technology), 26th of February 1969 to 9th of