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Gerin V-6E Varivol




Jacques Gerin developed an aircraft with variable wingspan and wing area, the Varivol, during the 40's. Wing trailing edges could be wound in and out by electric motor.

Full-scale tests in a wind tunnel at Chalais Meudon, were followed by flying tests in March 1936.




Pilot M. Demimuid was killed in a Varivol crash on November 29,1936, but this was not attributable to variable-wing mechanism, which was intact.

Forgotten in a barn for 50 years, the craft was then restored by the Musée Régional de l’Air d'Angers.







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