Corps Technique de l’Air

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Section d’Entraînement des Corps Techniques
English Title:
Training Section for Technical Specialism
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Section d’entraînement des corps techniques (SECT – Training Section for Technical Specialism), or Corps Technique de l’Air (CTA), was a pre-WW2 training school for training aircrews for airline operations. Very little appears to have been written about this organisation. It was probably a unit of the French Air Ministry, established in the early 1930s and disbanded at the outbreak of WW2. CT- codes go up to at least 54, so the training aircraft fleet must have been fairly substantial.

Key Dates

14 September 1928    Air Ministry first established.
1933?    SECT first established.
1940    SECT disbanded.

Current Status

The SECT was disbanded at the start of WW2.

Future Plans

Not applicable.


Special Markings

SECT aircraft often operated in a natural metal finish with rudders stripes in the national colours and air force style roundels on the wings. No service titles wwere carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

SECT aircraft appear to have carried fuselage codes or serials prefixed by CT (for Corps Technique), eg. Farman F.290 CT-15, in addition to their regular French civil registrations which were carried on the wings.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Caudron C.634 Simoun 1 1939 1940 France
Caudron C.635M Simoun 9 1939 1940 France
Farman F.290 1 1933 1934 France
Morane Saulnier MS.343 ? 19?? 19?? France
Peyret-Mauboussin PM XI 1 19?? 19?? France

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters


Organisational Structure

All aircraft were operated by the SECT.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Air bases used are unknown.

More Information


To be added.


To be added.


Le Farman 190
Air History F-register

Additional information is welcome.

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