|Leduc 0.16 preserved at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget|
|First flight||21 October 1947|
Design and development
Designed by René Leduc in 1938, it was built at the Breguet Aviation factory after a protracted, semi-secret construction phase kept at arm's length from German occupation authorities, and was finally completed in 1947. The aircraft featured a double-walled fuselage, with the pilot controlling the aircraft from within the inner shell. The circular gap between this and the outer, cylindrical shell provided the inlet for the ramjet.
It could not take off unassisted (ramjets cannot produce thrust at zero airspeed and thus cannot move an aircraft from a standstill) and was therefore intended to be carried aloft by a parasite aircraft mother ship, first attempted by the four-engined AAS 01A & -B German-origin designs, which were replaced later in 1953, by examples of the French-designed Sud-Est Languedoc four-engined airliner, and released at altitude. Following test flights of the AAS 01/Leduc 0.10 composite, independent unpowered gliding tests began in October 1947. After three such flights, the first powered flight from atop an AAS 01 mother ship was made on 21 April 1949 over Toulouse. Released in a shallow dive at an altitude of 3,050 m (10,010 ft), the engine was tested at half power for twelve minutes, propelling the aircraft to 680 km/h (420 mph).
In subsequent tests, the 0.10 reached a top speed of Mach 0.85 and demonstrated the viability of the ramjet as an aviation powerplant, with a rate of climb of 40 m/s (7,900 ft/min) to 11,000 metres (36,000 ft), exceeding that of the best jet fighters of the time.
Of the two 0.10s originally built, one was destroyed in a crash in 1951 and the other severely damaged in another crash the following year. Both pilots survived with serious injuries.
0.11/ 0.16/ Third 0.10
In addition to these, a third aircraft was built, designated 0.11 (0.16 in one source). Generally similar to the 0.10, it featured a Turbomeca Marbore I turbojet on each wingtip, to provide better control during landings. This first flew on 8 February 1951, but was converted back to 0.10 standards (and thereafter referred to as Leduc 010 n°03) a few months later after problems occurred, including misting of the pilot's windows, powerplant synchronization, and wing deflection caused by the turbojets. The engines were replaced by inert mass balances. This aircraft flew 83 test flights, and is preserved at Le Bourget.
The larger Leduc 0.21 flew from an air launch on 16 May 1953, and the swept wing supersonic Leduc 0.22 interceptor began testing on 26 December 1956 with a SNECMA Atar turbojet before the program was terminated in 1958.
Data from 
- Crew: two
- Length: 10.25 m (33 ft 7 in)
- Wingspan: 10.52 m (34 ft 6 in)
- Wing area: 16.0 m2 (172 ft2)
- Empty weight: 1,700 kg (3,740 lb)
- Gross weight: 2,800 kg (6,173 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Leduc ramjet, 15.7 kN (3,520 lbf) thrust
- Maximum speed: 800 km/h (500 mph)
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- King, H.F. (1969). Milestones of the Air (McGraw-Hill ed.). New York: Jane's All the World's Aircraft Publishing Company. p. 113.
- Griehl, Manfred; Dressel, Joachim (1998). Heinkel He 177 - 277 - 274. Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing. pp. 207–209. ISBN 1-85310-364-0.
- La saga des statoréacteurs VII. La longue marche vers un avion opérationnel (The story of ramjets VII. The long march towards an operational aeroplane) at xplanes.free.fr Accessed 24 December 2017
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
- World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. File 900 Sheet 04–05.
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