Sud Aviation Super-Caravelle
|Sud Aviation Super-Caravelle|
The Super-Caravelle looks very much like a smaller, two-engine version of the Concorde. It used the Concorde's unique ogive wing planform, and was otherwise similar in shape and layout with the exception of the nose area which was more "conventional" and only the outermost section over the radar "drooped" for visibility on takeoff and landing. In normal use it was designed to carry 70 passengers between 1500-1800 miles at about Mach 2. The size and range requirements were set to make the Super-Caravelle be "perfect" for Air France's European and African routes.
The Concorde was originally to be delivered in two versions, a longer-range transatlantic version similar to the Bristol 223 that was eventually delivered as the Concorde, and a smaller version for shorter range routes similar to the Super-Caravelle. After consulations with prospective customers, the smaller design was dropped.