Leduc 0.22


Back to the Virtual Aircraft Museum
  RAM-JET INTERCEPTORVirtual Aircraft Museum / France / Leduc  

Leduc 0.22

Development of the Leduc 0.10 continued with two examples of the larger Leduc 0.21 of improved design, the first making its initial flight on 16 May 1953. These proved to be successful, demonstrating a maximum speed of Mach 0.87 and attaining an altitude of 20,000m.

Development then began of the Leduc 0.22 Mach 2 interceptor which incorporated a SNECMA Atar turbojet within the athodyd to allow the aircraft to take off under its own power and then accelerate it to a speed at which the ramjet would ignite. This was not achieved with the 0.22, for although flown on turbojet power for the first time on 26 December 1956, and later making more than 30 test flights with the turbine engine, the ramjet was not tested. This resulted from withdrawal of government financial support, because of economic stringencies, and the project was abandoned.

Leduc 0.22

Leduc 0.22 interceptorA three-view drawing of Leduc 0.22 interceptor (1200 x 763)

Brian Johnston, e-mail, 30.05.2012 20:09

These designs put me in mind of the SNECMA C-450 Coleoptere, which was a VTOL concept using, I believe, a similar propulsion system.

However, all these designs look like they were the inspiration for a whole genre of exotic craft in comics of the Fifties (or was it the other way round?).


Terrence I. Murphy, e-mail, 22.01.2012 18:22

Grand dreams, grand designs, grand failures. The strangest looking aircraft I've ever seen. I looks like a huge flying icepick. I would haved loved to have met the designer.


Do you have any comments?

Name    E-mail

All the World's Rotorcraft

All rhe World's Rotorcraft AVIATION TOP 100 - www.avitop.com Avitop.com