Arsenal VG 90


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Arsenal VG 90

Designed by Vernisse and Galtier as part of a single-seat shipboard interceptor and strike fighter development programme, the VG 90 was evolved in competition with the Aerocentre NC 1080 and the Nord 2200. Powered by a 2268kg Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet, the VG 90 had an all-metal fuselage, and the wing and tail surfaces were metal structures with plywood skinning. Two prototypes were built, the first being flown on 27 September 1949 and the second following in June 1951. Planned armament comprised three 30mm Hispano-Suiza cannon and provision was made for underwing ordnance loads, such as two 500kg bombs. The second prototype had provision for two 20mm cannon, two 7.7mm machine guns and 36 RAC 50 rockets internally, plus 16 T10 or 80 RAC 50 rockets on wing racks. A third prototype, which was to have received an 4000kg SNECMA Atar 101F turbojet, was abandoned. Full performance trials were not completed and the following data are manufacturer's estimates for the VG 90 with a 2850kg version of the Hispano-Suiza-built Nene.

Arsenal VG 90A three-view drawing (1660 x 1078)

  Take-off weight8090 kg17835 lb
  Empty weight5100 kg11244 lb
  Wingspan12.60 m41 ft 4 in
  Length13.44 m44 ft 1 in
  Height3.55 m12 ft 8 in
  Wing area30.7 m2330.45 sq ft
  Max. speed920 km/h572 mph
  Range1550 km963 miles

JALOUSTRE René, e-mail, 22.02.2015 19:27

Le VG90 reste dans nos mémoires françaises, outre celui d'un avion raté, celui qui,en plus, entraina la mort de deux de nos plus brillants pilotes d'essai:
Pierre Decroo sur le N°1 et Claude Dellys sur le N°2...


Marc, e-mail, 05.08.2009 06:36

No mention here of the VG-70..predecessor using a Junkers motor. All-in-all a very fine website.


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