French Telecoms Research Agency

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The CNET was first established in 1944 as the national agency for telecommunications, in a similar role to the British GPO. It appears that by the late 1950s CNET had acquired some aircraft for transport duties. Although CNET was a purely civilian organisation, these aircraft were maintained by the AdlA and operated in a pseudo-military markings. In 1991 CNET became part of France Telecom. In March 2000 the CNET name disappeared as the organisation was absorbed into a new France Telecom organisation. The last remaining CNET aircraft was disposed of shortly afterwards.

Key Dates

4 May 1944    CNET first established.
19??    First aircraft obtained.
1990    CNET becomes R&D arm of France Telecom.
1 March 2000    CNET becomes France Telecom R&D.
2001    Flying unit disbanded.

Current Status

The CNET flying unit was disbanded in 2001.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

Special Markings

CNET aircraft operated in an overall white, or white and pale grey, colour scheme with a pale blue/dark blue/pale blue fuselage cheatline. An air force style roundel appeared on the rear fuselage. No service titles wwere carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

CNET aircraft carried French civil registrations in the sequence F-SEBx, e.g. C-47 F-SEBD.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

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
Aerospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil 1 ?? 1992 France
Aerospatiale SN.601 Corvette 1 19?? 1987 France
Amiot AAC.1 (Ju 52/3m) ? ? ? France
ATR 42 1 ? 2001 France
Beech UC-45G 1 ?? 1973 USA
Bell 47G 2 ?? 1978 USA
Dassault Falcon 20E 1 ?? 1998 France
Douglas C-47A 2 ?? 1981 ex-civil
Fokker F27-200 Friendship 1 ?? ?? ex-civil
Fokker F27-500 Friendship 1 ?? 1996 ex-civil
Fokker F27-600 Friendship 1 ?? 1996 ex-civil
Sud Aviation SE 3130 Alouette II 1 1957 1992 France
Sud Aviation SE 31?? Alouette III 1 ?? 1997 France

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

CNET, 38 rue du général leclerc, 92130 ISSY LES MOULINEAUX.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft were operated by the Flight Unit of the CNET.

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

All aircraft were based at Lannion-Servel.

More Information

Books

French Military Aviation by Paul A. Jackson (Midland Counties, 1979)
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

wikipedia: Centre national d’études des télécommunications
wikipedia.fr: Centre national d’études des télécommunications

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.