Friday, May 1, 2009
AEROSPATIALE SN-601 “CORVETTE”
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 6-14. Gross wt. 14,550. Empty wt. 7,738. Engines two 2,500-lb. Pratt & Whitney JT15D-4 turbofans.
PERFORMANCE: Max speed 410 kts. Cruise 306 kts. Ceiling 41,000+. Range 800-1,380 nm.
The Corvette was Aerospatiale’s first and only attempt to compete in the light jet market. The model’s first prototype flew in 1970 and completed only 270 hours before it crashed. In 1972, Aerospatiale began again, this time with a stretched fuselage and more powerful turbofan engines. French certification came in May on 1974, but production was plagued by supply troubles and languid acceptance of the Corvette in the market. Only 39 production aircraft were ever built, though many remain in service today.