French Moraine-Saulnier 406 Fighter Plane

  • Military Aircraft Of The World
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Designed in 1938, The French Moraine-Saulnier 406 Fighter was only (2) of The French Air Forces mass produced Fighters before The Fall of France and Occupation by German Forces during World War II. It is arguably one of the best Fighters produced by France and was seen by some as a worthy opponent to Germany's vaunted Messerschmitt Bf 109 Fighter, despite this claim, most encounters between the two Warplanes ended in German victories. The MS-406, of which 1,000 were produced – was a single seater Fighter. They were 27-feet long with a wingspan of 35-feet long. The MS-406 was powered by a single Hispano-Suiza V-12 Engine. The fighter was capable of airspeeds of 280-mph and had operational ceilings of 26,000-feet. Armament for The MS-406 was (1) 20mm Cowl Cannon and (2) 7.5mm Wing mounted Machine Guns. The Ms-406 could not support munitions. Some were flown to England with the escape and exile of The French Air Force. Many were lost in The Battle for Britain, being replaced by British Hurricane and Spitfire Fighters. Still, many survived The War and were sold to various foreign Nations. A fair amount have survived as Museum Models.