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Aerospatiale TB-9 Tampico Club

This French entry into the low-end four-place trainer market offers good ergonomics and modern design.

[IMGCAP(1)] As the final entry in the Caribbean series, the Tampico Club filled the bottom niche in SOCATAís line of new-wave piston singles. Boasting innovative design features, it was hoped that the Tampico would coax US flight schools into the purchase of some new aircraft to replace their fleets of aging trainers.

The way in which the airplanes were built was also innovative. Airframe parts were produced in France and shipped to the US to be assembled and fitted with American components.

The idea met with some limited success, but the company didnít sell enough airplanes to keep the venture going. In 1995, SOCATA teamed with Morane Saulnier and Renault to begin work on a new line o...

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