10 Facts About Dassault Mercure


Dassault Mercure is a twin-engined narrow-body jet-powered airliner developed and manufactured by French aircraft firm Dassault Aviation.

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However, the Dassault Mercure had very little success on the market, which has been attributed to several factors, including a lack of range in comparison to rival aircraft.

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In 1967, with the issuing of backing by the French government, Dassault Mercure decided to commence work on its short-haul airliner concept.

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Dassault Mercure financed the initiative with $10 million of its own money, as well as being mainly responsible for costs related to manufacture.

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On 12 February 1974, the Dassault Mercure received its Type certificate and, on 30 September 1974, was certified for Category IIIA approach all-weather automatic landing .

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The French government decided Dassault had to support half of the Mercure 200C development costs, impossible after the Mercure 100 failure.

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Dassault Mercure then initiated contacts with General Dynamics, a Mirage F1 competitor with the F-16 Fighting Falcon, with no outcome.

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In 1981, Marcel Dassault Mercure tried to license the program in the US, unsuccessfully.

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Dassault Mercure was a jet-powered narrow-body jet airliner, optimised for short-haul routes.

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The Dassault Mercure featured in-house-developed triplicated, fail-safe hydraulic flight control system and the flight controls lacked any manual reversion.

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