This interesting design was first flown in
1953 in response to a 1947 French military requirement for
high speed, short range,
interceptor. (A post war Me 163 type vehicle). A SEPR 481
was buried in the fuselage
with its efflux at the tail, to provide short bursts of speed.
The main power
supplied by two conventional turbojets mounted on the wing tips.
The entire front pressurized
cabin section was detachable (Leduc-style) from the fuselage. Two
prototypes were built, one of which
a short career. Testing continued using the 01 machine and a
speed of Mach 1.6 was
in 1955. Six production aircraft were cancelled and the
program was transferred to the