SNECMA Coléoptère

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Coléoptère
SNECMA Coléoptère on ramp 1959.jpg
Role V/STOL research aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer SNECMA
First flight 6 May 1959
Number built 2

The SNECMA Coléoptère (meaning "beetle" in French, descended from Greek for "sheathed wing") was a VTOL aircraft developed by the French company SNECMA in the 1950s. It was a single-person aircraft with an annular wing designed to land vertically, therefore requiring no runway and very little space to take-off. There were several prototypes developed and tested, however the design proved to be very unstable and flying it was dangerous.

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