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Nord Gerfaut


National origin: France
Manufacturer: Nord Aviation
Designed by: Jean Galtier
First flight: 1954
Number built: 3

The Nord Gerfaut was a delta-wing experimental research aircraft, original designed and built by SFECMAS which was later merged into Nord Aviation.


Designed as a research aircraft the Nord 1402A Gerfaut first flew on 15 January 1954, it was a single-seat single-engined monoplane with thin delta wings and swept vertical tail surfaces and a small high-set delta tailplane. The fuselage was a cylindrical monocoque structure with a nose intake and with the cockpit mounted above it, giving the aircraft its characteristic hump-backed look. It had a retractable tricycle landing gear and was originally powered by an internal 2800kg (6,173lb ) thrust SNECMA Atar 101C turbojet. On the 3 August 1954 it became the first aircraft in Europe to exceed Mach 1 in level flight without afterburners. The second aircraft was the Nord 1402B Gerfaut 1B which had a larger wings and an Atar 101D engine. The third aircraft, the Nord 1405 Gerfaut II, first flown in 1956 was similar but had a refined structure, a clipped delta wing and an Atar 101F engine. After it had finished test flying the third aircraft was used to test air intercept radars.


1402A Gerfaut Delta research aircraft with a 2800kg (6,173lb ) thrust SNECMA Atar 101C turbojet, one built. 1402B Gerfaut 1B Delta research aircraft with larger wing and a SNECMA Atar 101D turbojet, one built. 1405 Gerfaut II Delta research aircraft with refined structure, clipped wing and a SNECMA Atar 101F turbojet, one built.



Specifications (1402A)

Data from Flight 1956

General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 10.98 m (36 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 6.58 m (21 ft 7 in)
Height: 5.67 m (18 ft 0 in)
Empty weight: 3,900 kg (8,600 lb)
Gross weight: 4,750 kg (10,470 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x SNECMA Atar 101 turbojet, 30 kN (6,173 lbf) thrust


Maximum speed: 1,586 km/h (989 mph)
Range: 201 km (125 miles)

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