The Nord 2200 prototype in 1950 (Photo US Navy).
While not exactly recent the most news, the sole Nord 2200 prototype, a post-war French naval jet fighter that first flew in 1949, was destroyed last year, as reported by the Ailes Historiques du Rhin and List’In MAE website.
For decades, the prototype was kept in the reserves of the Muse de l’Air et de l’Espace in Le Bourget near Paris until the 1980s. It was then transferred to the Ailes Anciennes d’Armorique, a French association that restored many aircraft and engines over the years.
When the association shut down last year, it was the Espace Aéro Lyon-Corbas who recuperated what was left of the Nord 2200 prototype, which had been stored outdoors for years.
Funding the restoration of such an aircraft type, which never went beyond the testing stage, would have been complicated indeed, but one can only regret that such a unique airframe was ultimately sold as scrap by the EALC in 2014.