SNCASO SO.8000 Narval

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SO.8000 Narval
Sud-Ouest (SNCASO) SO.8000 Narval.jpg
Role Carrier-based fighter and strike aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer Sud-Ouest
First flight 1 April 1949
Number built 2

The SNCASO SO.8000 Narval (English: Narwhal) was a French naval fighter aircraft designed by Sud-Ouest in the late 1940s. Only two prototypes were constructed, and the type did not enter production.

Design and development[edit]

The Narval was a twin-boom pusher configuration design powered by an Arsenal 12H (a copy of the Jumo 213) driving a contra-rotating propeller[1] Two prototypes were constructed, the first being flown for the first time on 1 April 1949.[2] Development was abandoned at the beginning of 1950 since the design was already obsolescent.[3]

Specifications[edit]

Data from AviaFrance.com

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 11.83 m (38 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.77 m (38 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 26.5 m2 (285 sq ft)
  • Gross weight: 7,000 kg (15,432 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Arsenal 12HO2 V-12 piston engine, 1,680 kW (2,250 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 730 km/h (454 mph; 394 kn) at 8000m

Armament

Data from OldMachinePress.com

The SO.8000 Narval was to be equipped with:

  • Guns: Six 20 mm cannons.
  • External: Underwing hard points that could accommodate 2,205 lb (1,000 kg) of ordinance.However, it is unlikely that the prototypes were ever armed.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Salon Studies Flight 12 May 1949
  2. ^ Pearce, William. "Sud-Ouest (SNCASO) SO.8000 Narval". oldmachinepress.com. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  3. ^ S.N.C.A.S.O. SO-8000 'Narval' Aviafrance.com, retrieved 24 June 2014.