Morane-Saulnier M.S.325


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Morane-Saulnier M.S.325

To meet the same C1 requirement for which the M.S.275 was proffered, Morane-Saulnier developed in parallel the M.S.325. This, for the first time since the company resumed single-seat fighter development in 1926, discarded the classic parasol wing configuration in favour of a low-mounted wing. Flown for the first time early in 1933, the prototype M.S.325 was powered by an Hispano- Suiza 12Xbrs engine rated at 690hp and was an all-metal dural-skinned braced low-wing monoplane with an armament of two wing-mounted 7.7mm guns. Initial flight testing dictated lowering of the tailplane and introduction of wing root fairings in an attempt to eradicate a serious buffet problem. Trials continued to suffer aerodynamic difficulties, and, in 1934, further development was discontinued. Full performance trials were never concluded, and the following figures are manufacturer's estimates.

Morane-Saulnier M.S.325A three-view drawing (1280 x 958)

  Take-off weight1789 kg3944 lb
  Empty weight1354 kg2985 lb
  Wingspan11.80 m39 ft 9 in
  Length8.25 m27 ft 1 in
  Height3.70 m12 ft 2 in
  Wing area19.73 m2212.37 sq ft
  Max. speed365 km/h227 mph
  Ceiling12000 m39350 ft

Ken Hradecky, e-mail, 03.07.2008 17:54

Was it Metal or Febric covered?


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