The Sud-Aviation Caravelle is the pride of the French Aircraft
industry, and more than 50 have already been purchased by eight
airlines. Air France fly these graceful 80-passenger machines to
London Airport from Paris, as well as on the company's numerous
other routes in Europe and North Africa.
The first among the many British companies who have provided
equipment is Rolls-Royce, who supply the Avon 522 jet engines. These
engines have been placed towards the rear of the aircraft, a new
practice which has proved successful, and also eliminates noise and
vibration from the passengers' compartment. Cruising speed is 500
m.p.h., and altitude 20,000 to 40,000 ft., according to the air
KEY TO NUMBERED PARTS
(1) Weather and anti-collision nose radar. (2) Captain and co-pilot.
(3) Radio racks. (4) Forward pantry. (5) Forward entrance door. (6)
Forward part of passenger cabin, seating 80 at five abreast. (7)
Control runs. (8) Forward-retracting nosewheels. (9) Forward
under-floor freight-hold. (10) Emergency windows. (11) Main-wing
spar attachments. (12) Pressure refuelling valves. (13) Wing fuel
tanks, holding 4,100 gallons in all. (14) Port slotted flaps, down
for take off. (15) Port main undercarriage, retracts inward. (16)
Rear of passenger cabin. (17) Cloakroom and toilets. (18) Starboard
air-brake. Dotted tine shows position when raised for landing. (19)
Starboard aileron. (20) Starboard slotted flaps, down for take off.
(21) Starboard Rolls-Royce Avon 522 jet engine. (22) Port
Rolls-Royce Avon 522 jet engine. (23) Jet exhaust. (24) Hot air
de-icing pipe. (25) Hold for hand-luggage, etc. (26) Intake for
cabin air-conditioning. (27) Tailplane and fin de-icing pipes. (28)
Air-conditioning heat exchanger. (29) Tunnel for stowage of rear
passenger-stairway. (30) Elevator and rudder control cables. (31)
Rudder power control. (32) Rudder. (33) Port elevator. (34) Position
of passenger-stairway when lowered.