March 1957 by amalgamation of Ouest-Aviation
and Sud-Est Aviation, known until 1 September 1956
respectively as SNCASO and SNCASE. Main responsibility was further
SO 9050 Trident II
development and marketing of
highly successful S.E.210 Caravelle twin-jet airliner, first
flown in 1955, and Alouette series of helicopters. Continued
also development of S.E.5000
Aerospatiale SA.321 "Super Frelon"
mixed-power interceptor and widely used S.O.4050 Vautour
twin-jet multipurpose aircraft. Frelon series of large
turbine-powered helicopters developed after first flight in
Sud-Est SE.313 / SA.318 "Alouette II"
and Super Frelon flew December 1962,
setting new world records. Design leadership in A300 European
Airbus assumed and diversification into nonaeronautical
fields undertaken. Jointly with Nord-Aviation
made Corvette light rear-engined jet transport. In 1970
became major component of Aerospatiale.