In the years immediately after World War II, no national aviation industry was more innovative and daring than the French, as shown by such as Aerocentre's NC 1071. Claimed at the time to be aimed at providing an aircraft carrier going jet trainer, the unconventional NC 1071 was powered by two 4.850lb s.t. Rolls-Royce Nenes, giving this three seater a top level speed of 493mph at 19.685 feet. First flown on 12 October 1948, one of this heavyweight's major problems would be finding an aircraft carrier large enough to accept it, particularly when the US had yet to launch the first of its super carriers. Whatever it was, the NC 1071 goes down in the records as being France's first twin jet.