During the winter of 1939-40, development of an
upgraded version of the M.S.406 was begun as the M.S.410. The programme was based on the use of existing
M.S.406 airframes which were to be fitted with a fixed
radiator bath to overcome problems presented by the
standard semi-retractable radiator and a revised wing
permitting installation of two belt-fed 7.5mm guns
rather than one drum-fed weapon. It was also proposed
to fit ejector exhausts. The radiator bath and modified
wing were flight tested during January and February
1940, 500 pairs of two-gun wings being ordered, and
the ejector exhausts were tested in April 1940, these
boosting max speed to 509km/h at 4000m. The events of May 1940 interrupted the programme
when only five M.S.410s had been completed.
At the time, a further dozen conversions were virtually
complete and some 150 sets of modified wings had
been produced. After the Armistice, a modification
centre was established under the auspices of the German authorities, repairable M.S.406s being sent to this
centre for conversion to M.S.410 standard. In the event,
74 aircraft were fitted with the new wings, but some
were completed as hybrids in that they retained the
semi-retractable radiator, and none was fitted with the
ejector exhausts. Eleven M.S.410s were delivered to Finland
and otherswere included among the Morane-Saulnier
fighters supplied to the Croat Air Force.
| Take-off weight||2581 kg||5690 lb|
| Empty weight||1923 kg||4240 lb|
| Wingspan||10.62 m||35 ft 10 in|
| Length||8.17 m||27 ft 10 in|
| Height||2.71 m||9 ft 11 in|
| Wing area||17.10 m2||184.06 sq ft|
| Max. speed||470 km/h||292 mph|
|Joe Mulders, 16.12.2012|
In May 1940 close to the airfield in Brussels, Belgium watched a fight between a Moran Saulnier and a Me-109 high up in the sky.
I was not even 13 years old and it was quite an impressive long dog fight and saw the Morane coming back to the airfield but Me-109 did not pursue it. I went to see it and it was parke near a fence but riddled with holes. Lucky escape !
|Timo Ruoko, 28.01.2007|
Ceiling was 8500 m and range 1100 km
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