Charles Fauvel biography

Fauvel gliders and airplanes

Why a flying wing ?

Some technical materials...

In flight


Precursors and successors



Precursors and

Charles Fauvel was not the only one who designed unswept flying wings using inherently stable airfoil sections. His work was influenced by several other designers, mostly French, but Fauvel was the first to achieve real success in effectively assembling all the parameters needed to make the best possible use of the design formula. The machines that he created inspired other engineers in their turn, as is often the case in aeronautics. Attracted by the flying qualities of the Fauvel machines, they took up the concept more or less successfully. Some projects ended in failure ("Minibat"), while others on the contrary showed outstanding characteristics, demonstrating the advantages of the formula ("Choucas," Pioneer II,"...).

You will find some of these machines below; each link leads to a complete description.

Obviously, we will not deal here with Horten or Northrop type flying wings, which are technically very different from the Fauvel type. More information on these models is available at

Pénaud amphibian
Arnoux "Simplex"
Abrial A-12 / A-13
Charpentier C-1
Payen AP-10 / AP-12
Backstrom "Flying Plank"
Briffaud GB-6 / GB-80 "Aérovoilier"
Debreyer JCD-03 "Pélican"
Marske "Pioneer" et "Monarch"
Akaflieg Stuttgart FS-26
Group Genesis "Genesis 2"
Haig "Minibat"
Noin "Choucas"

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