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Morane-Saulnier AF Aircraft Information

Morane-Saulnier AF

Type AF

National origin: France
Manufacturer: Morane-Saulnier
First flight: 23 June 1917
Number built: 1

The Morane-Saulnier AF, also known as the Morane-Saulnier Type AF and the MoS 28 was a French fighter prototype of the 1910s.

Development

Although the fuselage was based on the Morane-Saulnier Type AC, this aircraft was different from it. The first single-seat biplane fighter developed by Morane-Saulnier, the AF was delivered to the Aviation Militaire in late 1917 for testing.

Operational history

First flying on 23 June of that year, the AF showed excellent handling and good performance. However, it was deemed inferior to the SPAD S.XIII which was already in quantity production. Morane-Saulnier adapted the design to a floatplane, as described below.

Variants

Morane-Saulnier AFH
In November 1917 a floatplane version of the AF was readied for testing. Equipped with a single central pontoon-like float, some flight testing was carried out but the aircraft was never adopted.

Specifications (AF)

General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 5.15 m (16 ft 11 in)
Wingspan: 7.47 m (26 ft 6 in)
Height: 2.35 m (7 ft 9 in)
Wing area: 15.31 m (164.8 ft)
Empty weight: 421 kg (928 lb)
Gross weight: 649 kg (1431 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x Gnome Monosoupape 9Nb rotary engine, 112 kW (150 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 207 km/h (129 mph)

Armament

1 x 7.7mm Vickers gun

Green, William; Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters. Godalming, UK: Salamander Books. pp. 415.

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