Sud-Ouest Triton

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SO.6000 Triton
SO.6000 Triton n°3 on display at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace in Le Bourget
Role Experimental trainer aircraft
National origin France
Manufacturer SNCASO
First flight 11 November 1946
Number built 5

The Sud-Ouest SO.6000 Triton was the first French jet aircraft to be manufactured and was completed during the 1940s by SNCASO. The SO.6000 design began in 1943, as a clandestine project due to the German occupation, under engineer Lucien Servanty. Shortly after the war, the French government required five prototypes to be built.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The two-seater was originally planned to receive a French-designed Rateau-Anxionnaz GTS-65 jet engine. But because of delays in the development of this engine, a German Junkers Jumo 004-B2 was fitted aboard the first prototype, which flew on 11 November 1946 at the hands of test pilot Daniel Rastel.

The second prototype was used for static testing, and the three others were powered by a license-built Rolls-Royce Nene jet engine.

Further development was abandoned and the SO.6000 was not used operationally.

A rear view of the preserved SO.6000 Triton at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, in 1975


  • SO. 6000J Triton - Powered by a Junkers JuMo 109-004 engine, One built.
  • SO. 6000N Triton - Three production aircraft powered by a Rolls-Royce Nene engine.

Surviving aircraft[edit]

SO.6000N Triton No. 03 F-WFKY is exhibited in the Musee de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget Airport to the north of Paris. This aircraft incorporates parts from No. 05 F-WFKX.[2]

Specifications (SO.6000-04)[edit]

Data from Jane's Pocket Book of Research and Experimental Aircraft[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 10.41 m (34 ft 2 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.96 m (32 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 15 m2 (160 sq ft)
  • Gross weight: 4,560 kg (10,053 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza Nene 101 centrifugal-flow turbojet, 21.6 kN (4,850 lbf) thrust


  • Maximum speed: 955 km/h (593 mph; 516 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 m (39,000 ft)



  1. ^ a b Taylor, John W.R.; Taylor, Michael J.H. (1976). Jane's pocket book of research and experimental aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's. p. 231. ISBN 0-356-08409-4. 
  2. ^ Ogden, 2006, p. 186


  • Ogden, Bob, Aviation Museums and Collections of Mainland Europe, 2006, Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd, ISBN 0-85130-375-7.