Developed from the M.S.300 primary trainer prototype of 1930, and its M.S.301 and M.S.302 variants, the Morane-Saulnier M.S.315 flew for the first time in October 1932. Of typically robust parasol high-wing configuration, it was of mixed construction with divided main landing gear. Four prototypes were followed by 346 series aircraft, 33 of them built post-war. In addition, five higher-powered M.S.315/2 aircraft were built for civil use, plus a single M.S.316 with a Regnier inverted-vee engine. The type became the workhorse of the French Armee de I'Air and served also with the Aeronavale and various civil flying schools. It was a favourite at many pre-war airshows flown by such notables as Thoret, Fleurquin and Detroyat.
Between 1960 and 1962, 40 M.S.315s then in use as civil glider tugs were re-engined with the 164kW war-surplus Continental W-670K radial, being redesignated M.S.317.
| ENGINE||1 x Salmson 9Nc radial piston engine, 101kW|
| Take-off weight||860 kg||1896 lb|
| Loaded weight||548 kg||1208 lb|
| Wingspan||12.00 m||39 ft 4 in|
| Length||7.60 m||25 ft 11 in|
| Height||2.80 m||9 ft 2 in|
| Wing area||21.60 m2||232.50 sq ft|
| Max. speed||170 km/h||106 mph|
| Ceiling||5500 m||18050 ft|
|Thomas Leaver, 11.03.2011|
I am curious that the MS 230 is not mentioned though over 1,000 were made from 1930 onwards. Is there a reason for this omission in your coverage of MS aircraft?
|RUSTY DIAZ, 04.02.2009|
WAS THIS AIRPLANE USED IN THE MOVIE "THE BLUE MAX"
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?