Sud-Est SE.2010 Armagnac F-BAVI - 1956
The Armagnac was one of the largest aircraft of its day, with a wingspan of 48.95 m , a length of 39.63 m and a height of 13.5 m - it dwarfs the TAA DC-3 in the photos above and below. It had a maximum weight of 77,500 kg and was powered by four Pratt & Whitney R4360-B12 Wasp Major radial engines. Up to 160 passengers could be carried. The Armagnac was designed in the immediate post-war era for Air France, but the airline refused delivery due to disappointing performance and range, which made it unsuitable for its intended trans-Atlantic role.
F-BAVI was the last survivor of a total production of 10 aircraft, including prototypes. It was scrapped in 1975 at Bordeaux/Merignac after having lain derelict for some years.
(Photos: Lindsay Wise via Maurice Austin collection)
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