Development of the Morane-Saulnier M.S.733 Alcyon (kingfisher) basic trainer began with the M.S.730.01 prototype, which flew for the first time on 11 August 1949. With the original 134kW Mathis 8G.20 inverted V-8 engine replaced by a 179kW Argus As 10, the prototype
flew again in November that year as the M.S.731. Two M.S.732 prototypes were flight tested in early 1951, each of them powered by a Potez 6D.30 engine and having the previous cantilever fixed landing gear replaced by a new design in which the main units retracted. The first example
of the definitive version flew on 16 April 1951 as the M.S.733.01; five pre-production aircraft followed and series aircraft totalled 200; 40 for the French navy, 15 for Cambodia, and the balance for service with the Armee de I'Air as the Alcyon, 70 of them being fitted with machine-gun armament for use as gunnery trainers. In 1956 some of the gunnery trainers were converted for counter-insurgency duties, with machine-gun and anti-personnel bomb armament, for use against the nationalist rebels in Algeria. These aircraft were redesignated M.S.733A, of which a number were sold later to Morocco.
| ENGINE||1 x Potez 6D.30 inverted inline piston engine, 179kW|
| Take-off weight||1670 kg||3682 lb|
| Empty weight||1260 kg||2778 lb|
| Wingspan||11.28 m||37 ft 0 in|
| Length||9.32 m||31 ft 7 in|
| Height||2.42 m||8 ft 11 in|
| Wing area||21.90 m2||235.73 sq ft|
| Max. speed||260 km/h||162 mph|
| Ceiling||4800 m||15750 ft|
| Range||920 km||572 miles|
|Firma Ghönert, 19.03.2012|
we have a Morane Saulnier MS 733 and we want to restore this airplane.
We are searching addresses for spare-parts.
I did part of my training as Air France cadet in 1972 at the Franch SFACT school in Montpellier France. This is a sturdy sob; i logged around 200 flight hours on this very peculiar aicraft; Under powered and unconfortable as it can be, i can still remember the smells andlooks of this"warbird"!
thank you for bringing such beautiful memories, my carier is nearing its end as a 12 year captain on B777 but I wish I have the opportunity to fly this beauty once more!!!
Flew one of these about 18 years ago and was very impressed with its comfort and superb handling - a great training aircraft.
cet avion fut l'une des appareils aquisitionnées par mon pays le maroc.Je voudrais avoir plus d'informations relatifs à cet aéronef surtout d'ordre techniques.En fait, je cherche une fiche portant les vues de profilsavec les dimensions.Merci
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