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Sud-Aviation Caravelle

The Caravelle was the world's first short/medium-range jet airliner.  Designed to a requirement for a short range jet, SNCASE (Societe Nationale de Constructions Aeronautiques de Sud-Est) responded with an aircraft with engines in pods at the rear of the fuselage setting a trend in commercial aircraft.

The Caravelle first flew in 1955 and entered service with Air France in 1959.  Since SNCASE merged with Ouest-Aviation to form Sud-Aviation in 1957, the Caravelle is more well known as a Sud-Aviation product.  Another merger brought production under Aerospatiale.

Over 280 were produced through 1972.

Specifications (Caravelle III)





Type: Commercial
Capacity: 64 seats (typical) 
Engine: two 11,700 lb (4763 kg) thrust Rolls-Royce Avon RA.29 Mk 532 turbojet engines
Se-210: Sud-Est model number

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