Morane-Saulnier M.S.733 Alcyon


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Morane-Saulnier M.S.733 Alcyon

Development of the Morane-Saulnier M.S.733 Alcyon (kingfisher) basic trainer began with the M.S.730.01 prototype, which flew for the first time on 11 August 1949. With the original 134kW Mathis 8G.20 inverted V-8 engine replaced by a 179kW Argus As 10, the prototype flew again in November that year as the M.S.731. Two M.S.732 prototypes were flight tested in early 1951, each of them powered by a Potez 6D.30 engine and having the previous cantilever fixed landing gear replaced by a new design in which the main units retracted. The first example of the definitive version flew on 16 April 1951 as the M.S.733.01; five pre-production aircraft followed and series aircraft totalled 200; 40 for the French navy, 15 for Cambodia, and the balance for service with the Armee de I'Air as the Alcyon, 70 of them being fitted with machine-gun armament for use as gunnery trainers. In 1956 some of the gunnery trainers were converted for counter-insurgency duties, with machine-gun and anti-personnel bomb armament, for use against the nationalist rebels in Algeria. These aircraft were redesignated M.S.733A, of which a number were sold later to Morocco.

 ENGINE1 x Potez 6D.30 inverted inline piston engine, 179kW
  Take-off weight1670 kg3682 lb
  Empty weight1260 kg2778 lb
  Wingspan11.28 m37 ft 0 in
  Length9.32 m31 ft 7 in
  Height2.42 m8 ft 11 in
  Wing area21.90 m2235.73 sq ft
  Max. speed260 km/h162 mph
  Ceiling4800 m15750 ft
  Range920 km572 miles

Firma Ghönert, e-mail, 19.03.2012 17:13

we have a Morane Saulnier MS 733 and we want to restore this airplane.
We are searching addresses for spare-parts.

Best regards

Stefan Ledermann


GARCIA, e-mail, 31.01.2011 00:21

I did part of my training as Air France cadet in 1972 at the Franch SFACT school in Montpellier France. This is a sturdy sob; i logged around 200 flight hours on this very peculiar aicraft; Under powered and unconfortable as it can be, i can still remember the smells andlooks of this"warbird"!
thank you for bringing such beautiful memories, my carier is nearing its end as a 12 year captain on B777 but I wish I have the opportunity to fly this beauty once more!!!


BassMaster, e-mail, 14.10.2010 20:22

Flew one of these about 18 years ago and was very impressed with its comfort and superb handling - a great training aircraft.


moncef, e-mail, 08.12.2006 22:46

cet avion fut l'une des appareils aquisitionnées par mon pays le maroc.Je voudrais avoir plus d'informations relatifs à cet aéronef surtout d'ordre techniques.En fait, je cherche une fiche portant les vues de profilsavec les dimensions.Merci


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