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S.O.30 Bretagne
SO.30P of the Aeronavale equipped with under-wing Palas auxiliary jets at Blackbushe Airport in 1955
Role Airliner and military transport
Manufacturer Sud-Ouest
First flight 26 February 1945
Primary users Air France
French Air Force
Number built 45

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.

Operational history[]

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

Military operators[]


Civil operators[]

  • Air Algérie
  • Aigle Azur
  • Air France
  • Air Maroc

Specifications (S.O.30P-2)[]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953–54[1]

General characteristics

  • 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)

See also[]


  1. 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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