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Morane-Saulnier MS 325


To meet the same C1 requirement as the M.S.275, 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.

Manufacturer's estimates
Max take-off weight: 1789 kg / 3944 lb
Empty weight: 1354 kg / 2985 lb
Wingspan: 11.80 m / 38 ft 9 in
Length: 8.25 m / 27 ft 1 in
Height: 3.70 m / 12 ft 2 in
Wing area: 19.73 sq.m / 212.37 sq ft
Max. speed: 365 km/h / 227 mph
Ceiling: 12000 m / 39350 ft


Morane-Saulnier M.S.325



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