Morane-Saulnier M.S.412 (D-3801)
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Morane-Saulnier M.S.412 (D-3801)

Prior to the Franco-German Armistice, the M.S.412, an improved version of the M.S.406, was under development primarily to fulfil a Swiss requirement. As an interim development aircraft, the twelfth pre-series M.S.405 had been fitted with the more powerful Hispano-Suiza 12Y45 engine and flown as the M.S.411, but a prototype of the M.S.412 with the still more powerful HS 12Y51 engine was not completed in France, the programme continuing in Switzerland as the D-3801. Flown for the first time in October 1940, the D-3801 had an HS 12Y51 rated at 1,050hp for take-off, a fixed radiator bath similar to that developed for the M.S.410 and the same armament as that of the D-3800. Although protracted teething troubles were suffered by the Saurer-built HS 12Y51 engine, series production of the D-3801 was undertaken by the Eidgenossisches Flugzeugwerke, the Dornier-Werke AG (Doflug) and SWS, deliveries commencing in 1941 and continuing until 1945, and a total of 207 being manufactured. These were augmented by a further 17 built in 1947-48 from spare assemblies remaining from the main production run. After withdrawal from first-line service, some D-3801s remained in use as advanced trainers and target- tugs until 1959.

Morane-Saulnier M.S.412 (D-3801)A three-view drawing (1280 x 1024)

    Take-off weight2720 kg5997 lb
    Empty weight2124 kg4683 lb
    Wingspan3.32 m11 ft 11 in
    Length8.17 m27 ft 10 in
    Height2.71 m9 ft 11 in
    Wing area17.10 m2184.06 sq ft
    Max. speed535 km/h332 mph
    Range1200 km746 miles

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Barry, 10.06.2014

Some wingspan - looks larger in the photograph and 3 - view!

neiyi, 20.06.2011

Please correct the name of the aircraft factory from Eidgenbssisches to Eidgenoessisches Flugzeugwerke.

, 20.06.2011

Morane-Saulnier M.S.412

Gerhard Katz, 13.03.2011

Eidgenössische (or Eidgenoessische) Flugzeugwerke

Paulo, 22.12.2010

Good Morning.
The Morane Saulnier, had a great advantage:The Big Manobrability.
Between 1944 and 1945, the air force of state of Croatia, used with sucess against american bombers b-17

Dave Griffiths, 05.06.2008

Please correct the name of the aircraft factory from Eidgenbssisches to Eidgenoessisches Flugzeugwerke.

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