|SHIPBOARD FIGHTER||Virtual Aircraft Museum / France / Morane-Saulnier|
In 1932, Morane-Saulnier initiated study of a dedicated shipboard version of the M.S.225 fighter. Designated M.S.226 and powered by a similar Gnome-Rhone 9Kdrs to that of the shore-based fighter, the shipboard aircraft differed initially in having some structural strengthening, an arrester hook and naval equipment. Three prototypes were ordered in 1933, the first two being completed as M.S.226s and the third as the M.S.226bis which differed in having aft-folding wings. No series production of the M.S.226 was undertaken as the Marine Nationale considered the type to be conceptually obsolescent.