I hadn't read that excellent article posted by Alain...as you might know info on the Mercure is hard to find, thus my request for an entry in the a.net airliner history section. I never represented myself as an expert...my apologies for my technical misunderstandings.
I actually like the Mercure, but still hold that it serves no use for anyone but Air Inter, and that a privately funded venture would not have built that plane. I had read that the Mercure project was 75% financed by the French government. Socialism at its finest.
>both the trident and VC
-10 were created as private endeavors to meet the requirements of BEA and BOAC respectively
Come on, what private venture would design an entire plane for only one airline. There HAD to be major government/political control on these projects.
I did not intend for this to be a political US vs. whoever debate, simply making the point that the VC10, Trident, and Mercure wouldn't have been built by anything but a government controlled or funded enterprise.