Dassault Mercure. Specifications. A photo.
Dassault Mercure. Specifications. A photo.

Dassault Mercure. Specifications. A photo.


Dassault Mercure - French twin-turbofan airliner developed in 1967, the company «Dassault Aviation».


Dassault Mercure a photo


The main reason for the development of the Dassault Mercure airliner was the need to compete with the Boeing 737, an airplane of the American aircraft company Boeing. In fact, French aircraft engineers copied the external design of the aircraft, but, to a large extent, improved the aircraft itself, giving it higher flying-technical qualities, improving reliability, and so on. Despite the rather rapid design and launching into production, the aircraft was inferior to the American analog in the price characteristic, and therefore only 12 aircraft were built for the whole cycle, which were completely decommissioned by the year 1995, despite the fact , Which still had high reliability.


Photo Dassault Mercure


Appearance aircraft Dassault Mercure is very similar to the design of Boeing 737, however, there is here and its technical additions to some extent to improve the design, that carried a kind of promising projects, however, due to a serious rise in price actually remained unclaimed.

Aircraft Dassault Mercure allowed to stay on his board to 162 passengers while on board a US airliner Boeing 737-100 and Boeing 737-200 It could accommodate only up to 115 people, depending on the configuration of the cabin. However, if Boeing 737 able to overcome big enough distances, the French aircraft was designed for maximum flight distance of just 2084 kilometers, allowing only limited use of it. It was supposed to finalize the design of the aircraft and establish a more capacious fuel tanks, however, because of this, the price of the aircraft would increase almost 1,5 times, of course, would lead to the abandonment among customers.


The passenger compartment Dassault Mercure


The Dassault Mercure power plant consists of two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15 turbofan aircraft engines, each of which is capable of developing a power of 68,9 kN, which in turn provided the aircraft with a maximum flight speed of 926 km / h, while the models Boeing 737-100 and Boeing 737-200, this figure was set at 876 km / h.

Subsequently, attempts were made to restore the production of aircraft Dassault Mercure as a modernized version, however, because of the low prospects of the project, it was decided to completely close the project.


Specifications Dassault Mercure.


  • Crew: 3 person;
  • Passenger capacity: 162 people (depending on the configuration of interior);
  • aircraft Length: 34,84 m .;
  • Wingspan: 30,6 m .;
  • Plane Height: 11,36 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 31800 kg .;
  • Payload: 24700 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 56500 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 825 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 926 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 2084 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 12000 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: turbofan;
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15;
  • Power: 2 × 68,9 kN. 


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