With the unexpected bankruptcy of the Guerchais enterprise and the end of financial support from themain investor, the Makhonine company, the development of the AV-2 stopped and was ultimately never finished. In a parallel effort, Charles Fauvel designed another prototype, a pure glider designated the AV-3. Thanks to the financial support of friends (former squadron friends), he was able to construct and test the AV-3, making the first flights in 1933 from the La Banne d’Ordanches airfield. He also allowed a famous glider pilot, Eric Nessler, to fly the glider, who confessed that he was very much impressed by Fauvel’s flying wing formula. The AV-3 was destroyed in 1936, when the aircraft hangar where it had been stored for the winter was virtually destroyed by a storm that took off the roof. This allowed rain to fall in torrents on the glider for more than a week and the water caused too much damage to consider repair. The AV-3 was the last pre-war glider of Charles Fauvel.
Aile Volante “AV 3” – 1933