Simplex-Arnoux Racer: Unflyable at first sight.

Simplex-Arnoux Racer: Unflyable at first sight.

René Arnoux tried in this aircraft to achieve the least posible drag by leaving things out.The Racer was a very short streamlined tailless aircraft powered by a 300hp Hispano-Suiza engine that used trailing edge “elevons” even before that name was even invented.Its pilot was seated behind a huge Lamblin radiator and thanks to that and to its big wing “enjoyed” a very restricted view.
The Simplex-Armoux made its first and only flight in 1922 piloted by the famous WWI ace Georges Madon who lost control and crashed…….he should have known better.


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