Re: Daussault Mercure (was Re: Delta Flt 1288

From: (Philippe DEPONDT)
Organization: CCR - Universites Paris VI/VII - Paris - France
Date:         20 Jul 96 15:56:07 
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In article <airliners.1996.1247@ohare.Chicago.COM>, (Tim Takahashi) writes:
|> 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?

Unlikely.  In the Airbus venture, I believe Dassault is only a sub-contractor
to Aerospatiale.
By the way, the Mercure was a flop since the only compagny ever to use it
was Air Inter. The last Mercure was removed from service last year.

Ph. Depondt