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SNECMA C.450 Coleoptere

 

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The C.450 Coleoptere was a VTOL research aeroplane, designed by von Zborowski, that rose vertically on the power of its SNECMA Atar 101 turbojet before translating into forward flight supported by its annular wing.

 

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The C.450 Coleoptere was derived from the Atar Volant test vehicle, and combined the concept of tail-sitting vertical take-off and an annular wing. Powered by an 8157-lb (3700-kg) thrust SNECMA Atar 101EX, the Coleoptere first flew in May 1959 and completed a limited test programme before the aeroplane was lost in an accident.

 

 


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