BEETLE MANIA

For any manufacturer an annular -wing vertical take-off and landing jet was a step into the unknown, let alone for one that built engines rather than aircraft. Unsurprisingly, the pr SNECMA C450 Coléoptère — French for beetle — was a one-off its career cut short by a fiery accident, the cause of which remained secret for decades

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