Used Aircraft Guide

May 1998 Issue

Aerospatiale TB10 Tampico

French engineering has always been a bit different, and this single is no exception


We dont get to see much French hardware in this country anymore, but those of us who remember such wonders as the Citroen automobiles with their hydraulic suspensions, or the old Renault 16, the interior of which could be stripped out in minutes without tools, will also recall that the French have their own distinctive way of doing things. The French approach to engineering is elegant or odd, depending on your point of view.

The SOCATA Caribbean series, when it was introduced in this country in the mid-1980s, was the embodiment of that unique way of doing things. Markedly different from anything wed ever seen, the French imports had a lot to offer, and they even managed t...

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