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Reims Aviation were originally named Avions Max Holste after their founder. The firm produced a number of types including the Broussard that is also planned to be on static this year. However, in 1960 the company signed an agreement with Cessna to market and produce their aircraft in Europe, this deal prompted the name change. Up until 1989 Reims produced modified versions of the Cessna range of singe engine light aircraft, often fitted with more powerful engines. After 1989 the company ended production of all types except for the twin engine F406 Caravan II. Reims aviation entered receivership in September 2013.
The Cessna 172 is arguably one of the most prolific light aircraft in the world. Over 44,000 of these four seat high wing aircraft have been produced to date. Reims-Cessna produced two versions in France, the F172 and the FR172 Rocket. The Rocket featured a more powerful engine built by Rolls-Royce which provided 30% more horse power than the standard Lycoming engine. The Irish Air Corps operated the Rocket up until 2019.
A single Reims FR172 Rocket will be appearing on static at RIAT 2023, the aircraft is painted to represent a T-41 Mescalero which is the military trainer version in service with the US Air Force and US Army.
Photo Credit: Kev Storer