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Arsenal VG.90

The Arsenal VG 90 was a French carrier based jet engined interceptor developed in the late 1940s.

It was intended to compete for an Aéronavale (French Naval Aviation) contract and first flew in 1949.

It set a speed record for a French aircraft the following year, but both of the completed prototypes were destroyed in fatal crashes and the program was cancelled in 1952 before the third prototype was finished.

The Aéronavale contract was eventually awarded to a license built British aircraft.

The remains of the last VG 90 were scrapped in 1978.


VG 90

Carrier based fighter with a Rolls-Royce Nene turbojet, two completed.

VG 91

Production version of the VG 90 with a SNECMA Atar 101 turbojet, one built, but not completed.

VG 92

Land based version of the VG 90 without folding wings and arrestor hook, project only.

VG 93

VG 90 fitted with wingtip ramjets, project only.

VG 94

VG 92 fitted with an afterburner, project only.





13.44 m (44 ft 1 in)


12.6 m (41 ft 4 in)

Wing area

30.7 m2 (330 sq ft)

Gross weight

8,719 kg (19,222 lb)

Fuel capacity

2,800 liters (616 imp gal; 740 U.S. gal)


1 × Rolls-Royce Nene 102, centrifugal flow turbojet engine,

22.2 kN (5,000 lbf) thrust


Maximum speed

855 km/h (531 mph, 462 kn)

Maximum speed

 Mach 0.845

Service ceiling

12,000 m (39,000 ft)

Rate of climb

15.00 m/s (2,953 ft/min)

Intended  Armament

3 × 30 mm (1.2 in) auto cannon

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