French Aerotrain

Michel Van

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During 1960s the French build and tested a Hovercraft Train concept called Aerotrain

About concept in english
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUXEFj0t7Ek

French videos about Aerotrain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuvyOqRbyY8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il2wMe6Hwz8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otR0i64n6sM

Battle Aerotrain vs TVG (in french)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NflvkxPUxsQ
 

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The Aerotrain was the brainchild of Bertin, a French engineer who also did some aviation-related work (search for the keywords "Bertin" and "Aladin" on this very forum).
Several dozen miles of the concrete structure meant for the Aerotrain's tracks still exist to this day. I used to look at it with dreamy eyes as a kid, traveling along the N20 national road down on the way to holidays, imagining the train running fast over it.
 

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...dreamy eyes as a kid
 

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Aerotrain was extremely cool and futuristic, but both track and gas turbines were expensives, and it ended killed by the TGV - unfortunately.

And poor Jean Bertin nearly got a contract with the French government, only to lose it after a month, only to die from brain cancer 18 month later. The story end is a total heart break... :(
 

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Not only a bit of info on the Aérotrain program (in particular the penultimate Aerotrain 180 HV) including some footage, but also mentions some of the competing & spinoff designs overseas, especially the RTV 31 [sometimes written down as RTV-31] prototype for the Tracked Hovercraft program, and the Rohr Urban Tracked Air-Cushion Vehicle (UTACV).
 
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