Morane-Saulnier M.S.325
1933
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Morane-Saulnier M.S.325

To meet the same C1 requirement for which the M.S.275 was proffered, Morane-Saulnier developed in parallel the M.S.325. This, for the first time since the company resumed single-seat fighter development in 1926, discarded the classic parasol wing configuration in favour of a low-mounted wing. Flown for the first time early in 1933, the prototype M.S.325 was powered by an Hispano- Suiza 12Xbrs engine rated at 690hp and was an all-metal dural-skinned braced low-wing monoplane with an armament of two wing-mounted 7.7mm guns. Initial flight testing dictated lowering of the tailplane and introduction of wing root fairings in an attempt to eradicate a serious buffet problem. Trials continued to suffer aerodynamic difficulties, and, in 1934, further development was discontinued. Full performance trials were never concluded, and the following figures are manufacturer's estimates.

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Morane-Saulnier M.S.325A three-view drawing (1280 x 958)


Specification 
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight1789 kg3944 lb
    Empty weight1354 kg2985 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan11.80 m39 ft 9 in
    Length8.25 m27 ft 1 in
    Height3.70 m12 ft 2 in
    Wing area19.73 m2212.37 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed365 km/h227 mph
    Ceiling12000 m39350 ft

Comments
Ken Hradecky, 03.07.2008

Was it Metal or Febric covered?

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