Unmistakable the lines of these French interwar fighters.These all-metal, cantilever fixed undercarriage monoplanes were conceived to answer a 1930 operational requirement. Sadly, they came almost too late. The D.500 series were obsolescent by the time they reached operational service in the middle of the 1930s; a sort of utterly elegant transitional fighters.
The more powerful D 510 was the first French fighter to surpass the 400 km/h barrier. This is the first prototype. The 510’s entered service in Nov, 1936 when the first Spitfires, Hurricanes and Bf 109’s were already in the air…..