Dassault Mercure 1/144 - VEB Plasticart
Scale: 1/100
Nation: France
Period: Modern
Type: Aircraft
Category Kit

Dassault Mercure 1/100 scale airliner kit - VEB Plasticart model.The Dassault Mercure was a narrow-body airliner developed by the French company Dassault Aviation in the 1970s. Here is some key information about the Mercure:Development: The Mercure project began in the late 1960s as a response to the growing demand for short-haul airliners for domestic and regional routes in Europe. It was developed to compete with aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.Design: The Mercure featured a narrow fuselage and a two-engine turbofan configuration mounted on the low wings. It was designed to carry between 130 and 180 passengers, depending on the interior configuration chosen by the airline.Engine: The Mercure models were powered by two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15 turbofan engines of 68 kN each. These engines were characteristic of early versions of the Boeing 737.Operation: The Mercure entered commercial service in 1974 with the French airline Air Inter. However, its commercial career was relatively short and it failed to achieve the success it had hoped for.Reasons for failure: The Mercure encountered several challenges during its career. Its relatively limited carrying capacity and lack of operational flexibility made it less competitive than its competitors. In addition, its market launch coincided with a period of economic uncertainty that affected the aviation industry.Production: Dassault produced only 12 examples of the Mercure, including prototypes and production aircraft. Due to limited commercial success, production was discontinued in 1985.Legacy: Although the Mercure failed to achieve commercial success, it is considered an example of advanced aircraft engineering for its time. Some of the technologies and concepts developed for the Mercure were later used in other Dassault projects, such as the Rafale fighter jet.In summary, the Dassault Mercure was a narrow-body airliner developed in the 1970s that failed to achieve the commercial success it had hoped for, but nonetheless contributed to research and development in civil aviation.


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