Morane-Saulnier M.S.43

The Morane-Saulnier M.S.43 was a two-seat intermediate biplane trainer that saw service in France in the late 1920s. It was the winner of a 1925 French War Ministry competition for an ET.2 category two-seat intermediate trainer (the same type of aircraft as the parasol wing Morane-Saulnier M.S.35). The winning entry was developed from the M.S.42, an equal span biplane with tandem cockpits. The M.S.43 differed in having a larger span on the upper wing, as well as a stronger structure. The M.S.43 had tandem cockpits with dual controls. It had twice the engine power of the M.S.35, which had been developed early in the First World War, and nearly a 50% higher top speed. A total of seventy nine aircraft were built, and they remained in service until 1929 (the M.S.35 was retired in the same year). Some of the remaining aircraft were then sold on to private owners, including the US military attaché in France.

Engine: Hispano-Suiza 8Ab V-8
Power: 180hp
Crew: 2
Wing span: 34ft 8 1/4in
Maximum Take-off Weight: 2,469lb
Max Speed: 101mph

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (30 December 2011), Morane-Saulnier M.S.43 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_morane_saulnier_MS43.html

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