Payen Pa 49 Katy
The Payen Pa 49 Katy’s first flight was on 22nd January, 1954. It was flown by Tony Ochsenbein – a brave choice seeing as he only had 30 minutes of flight time in jets previously! However the first flight proved to be a success. Over the next few months more flights, tests and modifications were carried out to further improve the aircraft. Updates included an airbrake and spatted wheels. Plans were drawn up for a version with a retractable undercarriage, however it was never built.
In 1958 the aircraft was retired, having provided the French, and Roland Payen, with invaluable data regarding deltawing aircraft. The first and only example of the Payen Pa 49 Katy was donated to the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace in Paris where it still resides.