Designed as a single-seat ground-attack aircraft, the Sud-Est SE.2410 Grognard (Grumbler - a nickname for a soldier of Napoleon's Old Guard) prototype flew for the first time on 30 April 1950, powered by two 2197kg thrust Hispano-Suiza Nene 101 turbojets mounted one above the other in the fuselage. A second prototype, the SE.2415 Grognard II, flew in February 1945. A two-seater, it was damaged in a belly landing. The definitive production version would have been the SE.2418, which was to have been powered by Rolls-Royce Tay turbojets, but the SO Vautour was selected to meet the Armee de l'Air's ground-attack requirement instead.
| MODEL||SE.2410 Grognard|
| ENGINE||2 x 2197kg Hispano-Suiza Nene 101 turbojets|
| Take-off weight||14481 kg||31925 lb|
| Wingspan||13.57 m||45 ft 6 in|
| Length||15.40 m||51 ft 6 in|
| Max. speed||1038 km/h||645 mph|
| Ceiling||11590 m||38050 ft|
| Range||853 km||530 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 30mm cannon, bombs and rockets|
|A three-view drawing (950 x 509)|
|lucy, 21.06.2011 06:13|
"Hunchback" this plane really fitted into the adage that "if it looks right it is right" and this just did not look right.
|Barry, 15.03.2011 12:10|
The second prototype was in fact the prototype trainer known as the Grognard II and first flew in 1951. It was longer because of the additional cockpit and as the c.o.g. was effected there was less sweep on the wings. The engines were positioned one above the other to maximise the ordenance carried on the wings. Known colloquialy as the "Hunchback" this plane really fitted into the adage that "if it looks right it is right" and this just did not look right.
|K LeGrow, e-mail, 31.01.2008 22:42|
Typo error I assume..Re 2nd prototype flew in 1945. 1st flew in 1950!
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