The So 6000 "Triton"
as displayed today
|After World War II, French aircraft industry
recovering from the German occupation was behind the rest of the world in
developing jetpowered aircraft, although Rateau had being working on jet
turbines since 1939. How ever SNCASO had being working on a prototype aircraft
called the So 6000"Triton", wind tunnel tests were done in 1944 and construction
of the first prototype started in early 1945. It was hoped to use the Rateau
SRA-1 axial-flow engine but this engine were far from being fully developed,
German made Junkers Jumo 004B-2 was used instead. On
the 11/11/1946 the first French jet powered aircraft took to the air.