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Fauvel AV.17


As a result of his experience with the AV-3, Charles Fauvel began to think about a new improved prototype. World War II didn't immediately allow him to realize his objective, but once the conflict was over, he resumed his quest at the Société Aéronautique du Rhône, near Bourg-lès-Valence with his newest prototype, the AV-17. The aircraft was destroyed in its first flights. According to Charles Fauvel, the glider had not been constructed correctly; as the cause of the accident was neither the fault of the pilot nor did it discourage Fauvel in pursuit of his flying wing design formula. Fauvel, having raised serious doubts about the AV-17's construction, was convinced that the blame for the crash should be placed upon the Société Aéronautique du Rhône, the constructor. Although the AV-17 never flew again, the experience gained was a great contribution to the development of later designs by Charles Fauvel.

The single-place AV.17, commonly called "la godasse" (the "shoe") on the flying fields, was primarily a light machine intended for amateur construction. Its success was certainly due to the fact that almost 300 sets of plans were sent to more than 16 countries and it is reasonable to imagine that about 150 machines have flown.

Wing span: 15.0 m
Length: 4.75 m
Wing area: 17.3 sq.m
Airfoil: Fauvel
Aspect ratio: 13.0
Empty weight: 195 kg
Glide ratio: 27:1
Sink rate: 0.6 m/sec

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