Morane-Saulnier M.S.406H (D-3800)


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Morane-Saulnier M.S.406H (D-3800)

Two M.S.406H fighters were supplied to Switzerland in September 1938 and April 1939 to serve as pattern aircraft for a licence-manufactured version. These were, in fact, hybrids, mating the M.S.405 airframe with the HS 12Y31 engine of the M.S.406 and Swiss-specified instrumentation, armament and radio. Production was initiated by the Eidgenossisches Konstruktions-Werkstatte as the D-3800, the Hispano-Suiza 12Y31 engine being manufactured by Adolph Saurer AG. The drum-fed 7.5mm wing guns were replaced by belt-fed weapons, the two-pitch Chauviere propeller was supplanted by an Escher-Wyss EW-V3 controllable-pitch unit, and the original M.S.405 wing structure was retained (rather than the simplified and lighter wing of the M.S.406). A pre-series of eight D-3800s was built in 1939, and the first series aircraft was delivered in January 1940. Seventy-four series D-3800s were built, the last of these being delivered on 29 August 1940, and later, in 1942, two further aircraft were assembled from spares. During 1943, all D-3800s underwent modification of cooling and hydraulic systems to standardise with the D-3801, and were fitted with similar ejector exhausts. Employed for advanced training after withdrawal from first-line service, the last D-3800s were scrapped in 1954.

  Take-off weight2480 kg5467 lb
  Empty weight1800 kg3968 lb
  Wingspan10.62 m35 ft 10 in
  Length8.17 m27 ft 10 in
  Height2.71 m9 ft 11 in
  Wing area17.10 m2184.06 sq ft
  Max. speed475 km/h295 mph

Gerhard Katz, e-mail, 13.03.2011 19:12

Eidgenössische (or Eidgenoessische) Konstruktions-Werkstätte
(or -staette).


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