Shortly after the initiation of M.S.223 flight testing, the
entire Jockey fighter concept was adjudged a failure
and, with the inhibitions imposed by the chasseur leger
programme removed, Morane-Saulnier developed a
larger and heavier fighter, the M.S.224, which entered
flight test in 1931. Based on experience with the preceding
prototypes, the M.S.224 retained the mixed
structure (dural spars and wooden ribs) of the earlier
aircraft for the wing, mating this with a metal-andfabric
covered dural fuselage, the ovoid cross section of
which was widened to the near-circular. Wing area
was increased by 1.00m2 to 17.00m2, and loaded weight was raised to 1400kg. Powered by a Gnome-Rhone 9Asb, the M.S.224 attained 303km/h during trials. A modified
version, the M.S.225, was adopted by the Aviation
Militaire (to become the Armee de l'Air in 1934) as an
interim fighter pending availability of more advanced
aircraft meanwhile called for by the 1931 C1 programme.
The M.S.225 differed from the M.S.224 primarily
in having a fully-cowled Gnome-Rhone 9Kdrs engine of
500hp. Armed with two 7.7mm guns, 74 M.S.225s were
delivered during 1933-34. Of these, 55 were supplied to
the Aviation Militaire (one being fitted with a 690hp
Hispano-Suiza 12Xcrs engine with a 20mm cannon
mounted between the cylinder banks and flown as a
test-bed under the designation M.S.227), 16 to the Marine Nationale and three were exported to China.
The last M.S.225 fighters were phased out of first-line
service during 1938.
|A three-view drawing of M.S.225 (1280 x 876)|
| Take-off weight||1590 kg||3505 lb|
| Empty weight||1154 kg||2544 lb|
| Wingspan||10.56 m||35 ft 8 in|
| Length||7.25 m||24 ft 9 in|
| Height||3.26 m||11 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||17.20 m2||185.14 sq ft|
| Max. speed||334 km/h||208 mph|
| Range||700 km||435 miles|
|barbara mccomas, 14.11.2011|
please send me some pitcures of my babies Thank You!
|Victor Soller, 26.10.2010|
Help!!! I am starting to build the Morane 225. What I really need is the color scheme of this plane. Can you help me?
|Bill McComas Jr, 17.08.2009|
I am an avid model builder of aircraft and appreciate the info presented on your website...many thanks!!!!
|Timo Ruoko, 28.01.2007|
Ceiling was 9500 m
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?