Daussault Mercure (was Re: Delta Flt 1288

From:         tim@me.rochester.edu (Tim Takahashi)
Organization: University of Rochester, School of Engineering
Date:         14 Jul 96 22:43:21 
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Karl Swartz <kls@ohare.Chicago.COM> wrote:
>Back to the JT8D, it's also on first generation 737s (-100 and -200)
>and the rare Dassault Mercure.

I notice extreme visual similarities between this aircraft and
the more recent Airbus A319/320/321. Even odder, I was reading
in a 1977 airliners book that Daussault was considering a
stretched CFM-56 powered Mercure for early 1980's delivery.

Does the A320 derive from this 737 lookalike?