|SO.30P of the Aeronavale equipped with under-wing Palas auxiliary jets at Blackbushe Airport in 1955|
|Role||Airliner and military transport|
|First flight||26 February 1945|
|Primary users||Air France|
French Air Force
The Sud-Ouest S.O.30 Bretagne was a 1940s French airliner built by Sud-Ouest.
Design and devopment
The Bretagne was designed by a group of designers and engineers who were based at Cannes from May 1941 following the invasion of France. The design was for a medium capacity civil transport, a twin-engined mid-wing cantilever all-metal monoplane. The prototype (designated the S.O.30N) first flew on 26 February 1945.
The initial production version was designated the S.O.30P Bretagne with two versions with different engines. The aircraft operated with a crew of five and could carry between 30 and 43 passengers. A cargo version (the S.O.30C) with a revised interior and strengthened floor and large cargo door. The aircraft was operated as an airliner, but mainly by the French military forces as a medium transport.
Some aircraft were fitted with two underwing Turbomeca Palas turbojet engines for auxiliary power. Other aircraft were used for engine-trials fitted with the SNECMA Atar 101 and licence-built Rolls-Royce Nene turbojets.
- S.O.30N - prototype
- S.O.30P-1 - production version with Pratt & Whitney R-2800-B43 engines.
- S.O.30P-2 - production version with Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CA13 engines.
- S.O.30C - cargo version
- Air Algérie
- Aigle Azur
- Air France
- Air Maroc
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953–54
- Crew: 4
- Length: 18.95 m (62 ft 2 in)
- Wingspan: 26.90 m (88 ft 2 in)
- Height: 5.90 m (19 ft 4 in)
- Wing area: 86.2 m² (927.5 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 14,080 kg (31,030 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 20,100 kg (44,600 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CA18 18-cylinder two-row air-cooled radial engine, 1,790 kW (2,400 hp) each
- Cruise speed: 422 km/h (229 knots, 263 mph)
- Range: 1,140 km (617 nmi, 710 mi)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sud-Ouest Bretagne.|
- Bridgman 1953, pp. 152–153.
- Bridgeman, Leonard. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953–54. London: Jane's All The World's Aircraft Publishing Company, 1953.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). London: Orbis Publishing, 1985.
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