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- 3 January 2006
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The configuration features a conventional swept wing, but there is a very peculiar "wheel" at the rear of the fuselage.
smurf said:Yes, thanks. You are correct.
I was working from some old Air Pictorial pages, one of which (April 1957) said:
The Sud-Est (sic) S.O.4060.001 supersonic bomber, known as the Super Vautour is scheduled to fly on 15th October, powered by SNECMA Atar G turbojets. Its development as a possible nuclear bomber is from memory and I can't trace my source at the moment, but it would probably be a slightly earlier Air Pic or RAF Flying Review.
No, sorry, we have the scheduled date of it. I only kept cut out pages from Air Pictorial from the 1950s but I do remember that mention was the last I ever saw. No record of a flight taking place on 15 October or any other date.Now we have the date of its first flight
It was competing with Mirage IV for the same land-based strategic nuclear deterrence spec. It started as the favorite but Dassault won.Odysseus1980 said:All these info about the SO.4060 Super Vautour are very interesting. However, it seems that there are no specification for her. Does anyone knows something?
dan_inbox said:It was competing with Mirage IV for the same land-based strategic nuclear deterrence spec. It started as the favorite but Dassault won.Odysseus1980 said:All these info about the SO.4060 Super Vautour are very interesting. However, it seems that there are no specification for her. Does anyone knows something?
AFAIK there is no trace of naval requirement for either SO-4060 or M-IV.
dan_inbox said:Yes, I wrote it wrong. It's the PA-58 bit that I wanted to dispell. Let me reword :
There was a air force spec for a nuclear capable land-based bomber, to which SNCASO proposed the 4060 and Dassault the M.IV;
Then when the conseil supérieur de la marine issued the Navy's spec for PA58, it included the Mirage IVM alongside the Jaguar M, not the 4060.
The SO-4060 had already lost credibility in the air force's tender (when the Atar 9 came out) so the M.IV was directly selected for the PA specs. That's how I remember it, even if I don't have the document to check and am willing to be corrected.
Your list is interesting and new to me. But frankly, to me it looks a little bit like a designer's hopeful multiplication of more-or-less realistic versions.
What is its source, please?