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Lore: After seeing the rapidly advancing pace of jet engine technology and the increasing importance of airplanes to the modern world, Empress Cherie Bonaparte I herself gathered the Minister of Military Aviation and representatives from Avion-Renault, Hispano-Suiza, Arsenal, Moraine-Saulnier, Caudron, Dassault, Sud, Gnome et Rhone, and Amiot for a top-secret meeting at the Grand Trianon on March 5th, 1953. In this meeting she proposed the creation of a supersonic airliner that could make the trip from Paris to New Amsterdam in under 3 hours and be capable of carrying at least 100 passengers. Two months following this meeting, the representatives were called back to the Grand Trianon along with the head designers from each company. Caudron and Amiot believed the aircraft would be too heavy and expensive and so they both backed out of the project. Avion-Renault, Dassault, Moraine-Saulnier, Sud, Gnome et Rhone, Hispano-Suiza, and Arsenal all submitted designs for the aircraft for review. After a feasibility study into the designs was conducted by a design committee from the Armee de l'Air, the Avion-Renault, Dassault, and Arsenal designs were selected for further development with Moraine-Saulnier and Hispano-Suiza remaining to design the powerplants for each design with Sud and Gnome et Rhone remaining to develop the various electro-mechanical systems and interiors of the three aircrafts respectively. The six prototypes underwent testing from April 1955-January 1956 with the Avion-Renault design with Moraine-Saulnier engines being selected for further development. Later that year in March the Sud interior design was selected, with its much more limited passenger count of 32 and extremely luxurious interior being chosen over the utilitarian 60 passenger design from Gnome et Rhone. Two months later work began on the first model, the Avion-Renault 1700A. Flight testing began a week later at Cazaux Air Force Base in southern France. Test flights over the Atlantic revealed issues with the straight delta wings of the aircraft, and a second model was ordered with redesigned wings. This model, with its curved leading edge and upward-bent wings was given the designation AR.1700B and was cleared for production. On Christmas Day, 1957 the aircraft was unveiled by Empress Cherie I in Paris and was accompanied by a speech from the Empress. One quote from her speech
This shining white machine will soar across the heavens like a shooting star from Normandy to New Orleans… was used extensively by the press, and was nicknamed
The White Star of Normandy by London newspaper The Times. The first commercial flight of the AR.1700B took place on December 26th, 1957 carrying the Imperial Royal Family and the lead designers and CEOs from Avion-Renault, Moraine-Saulnier, Sud, and Gnome et Rhone. The aircraft made the flight from Paris to New Amsterdam in 2 hours and 50 minutes with a top recorded speed of 1,937 miles per hour, setting the record for the fastest passenger aircraft ever built.
Able to make the flight from New Amsterdam to Paris in 2 hours and 42 minutes.
Cruising speed of 800 m/s at 15km. Cruising speed at 7 throttle notches.
A stock aircraft called Avion Renault 1700B White Star of Normandy. Built with 278 of the finest parts, its root part is fairingSize1p5.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.12.2.
- Type: SPH
- Class: aircraft
- Part Count: 278
- Pure Stock
- KSP: 1.12.2