SNCASO  SO1110  Ariel       No. 01


                                    This machine was actually eventually civl registered, but in order to illustrate it, I am including it in
                                    the Military category since, when this shot was taken, the registration F-WFDF had not yet been
                                    applied.  Two prototypes of this unique helicopter were built. A Turnomeca Artouste gas turbine
                                    in the fuselage provided thrust power at the rotor tips fed through hollow blades.  It was used
                                    extensively as a flying test bench until 1952.