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  • Caravelle Sunset - Air France

Sud Aviation Caravelle Air France Limited Edition Photograph - by Aviation Photographer Peter Keating

 

It's perhaps the ultimate French airliner in service with France's national airline.  

 

It was a beautiful July evening in 1965 at Orly airport when Peter Keating, using his Hasselblad camera, took this evocative image of one of Air France's fleet of 54 Caravelles.  F-BHRP, named Languedoc, was a Caravelle III and had been delivered in March of 1964. It was to stay with Air France, apart from a short lease to Belgian airline Sabena, until it was broken up as late as 1980.


It was the order for 12 Caravelles from Sud Aviation that ensured Air France would become the first European airline to operate a jet fleet on its medium and long haul routes to French territories in Africa and around the world.



Air France had a stuttering introduction to the jet age in 1953 with de Havilland's ill-fated Comet 1 but it was the Rolls Royce Avon-engined Caravelle that allowed it to begin full jet operations in May 1959. Over the subsequent years Caravelles flew more than 675 million kilometres round the world..


Two sizes are available. The 13" image is limited to 30 copies, while the 20" version is limited to 20 copies


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Caravelle Sunset - Air France

  • Artist: Peter Keating
  • Product Code: CHG-011
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £24.00


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