Aerospatiale SN-601 Corvette
The twin-engine Aerospatiale SN-601 Corvette was a business and light transport aircraft designed in the late 1960s.
With only forty units ever produced, this was the only attempt of the national French manufacturer to enter the very competitive market of corporate aviation. The prototype made its maiden flight on the 16th of July 1970 but crashed with the loss of its crew during testing in March 1971 after 270 hours of flight.
After various modifications, the second prototype SN 601 (F-WUAS) resumed test flights on the 20th December 1972. Certification was granted by French authorities on the 28th of May 1974.
Despite the announcement of a significant number of American orders, sales did not live up to expectations. Only thirty-six production aircraft were built over a period of six years. And in 1978, production of the type, sold mainly to France and other European countries, in Méaulte and Saint Nazaire came to an end.
The museum’s aircraft came to Airbus in March 2003 after being used by the airline company Gallic from the 4th of December 1989 to the 22nd of October 1998 (pictures). Between 1998 and 2003, it belonged to several companies specializing in business aviation.
A fleet of Corvettes was operated by Aérospatiale then Airbus for inter-site liaison (passengers and urgent delivery of parts) from 1981 to 2009. These Corvettes, performing regular daily services, accumulated a total of 63,500 hours of flight.