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Designed under the direction of Ingenieur Pillon and built by the SNCA du Centre (Aerocentre), the NC 1080 was developed as part of a single-seat shipboard fighter programme (competing designs being the Arsenal VG 90 and Nord 2200). The NC 1080 was powered by a 2268kg Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet, featured 22 30' wing sweepback at quarter-chord and was intended to mount an armament of three 30mm cannon. The prototype was flown on 29 July 1949, and modifications were immediately found necessary to the spoilers and tail surfaces. The Aerocentre had meanwhile been dispersed, but testing of the NC 1080 continued at Bretigny and Villaroche, servo controls being fitted in February-March 1950, and the aircraft being destroyed in an accident (the cause of which was never ascertained) on 10 April. No further development was undertaken.

SNCAC NC.1080A three-view drawing (1697 x 1107)

    Take-off weight7700 kg16976 lb
    Empty weight5141 kg11334 lb
    Wingspan12.00 m39 ft 4 in
    Length12.87 m42 ft 3 in
    Height4.70 m15 ft 5 in
    Wing area28.40 m2305.69 sq ft
    Max. speed978 km/h608 mph
    Range1550 km963 miles

Karl Hecks, 02.11.2011

The SNCAC (Aerocentre) NC.1080 had no ailerons. Instead, roll control used 'Lemoigne-type compensators' at the wing tips.

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