Morane-Saulnier V

The Morane-Saulnier V, also known as the Morane-Saulnier Type V was a French fighter of the 1910s.

Type V
Role Fighter
National origin France
Manufacturer Morane-Saulnier
First flight April 1916
Introduction RFC - 13 May 1916
IRAS - 1 April 1917
Retired RFC - 19 October 1916
IRAS - late 1917
Primary user Royal Flying Corps
Imperial Russian Air Service
Number built 30


Developed in parallel with the Morane-Saulnier I, the Type V was similar to the I but was larger with a three-hour endurance. It also differed in that it had larger wing and deepened ventral contours to accommodate extra fuel tanks. An intended development fitted with ailerons was planned as the Morane-Saulnier U, but was not flown.

Operational historyEdit

Developed at the beginning of 1916, the Type V was intended primarily to meet a Royal Flying Corps requirement, and the service of the Type V was officially accepted in May 1916. However, like the Type I, the aircraft proved to be unpopular across-the-board and the Type V was retired from service only 5 months later. However, in 1917 18 aircraft were in service with the Imperial Russian Air Service (IRAS). It is believed that these were acquired by the Bolshevik Red Air Fleet during the Russian Revolution.


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  Soviet Union


Morane-Saulnier V
company designation
official French government STAe designation for the V


General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 5.81 m (19 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.75 m (28 ft 8 in)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Le Rhône 9J nine-cylinder rotary engine , 82 kW (110 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 165 km/h (102 mph, 89 kn)
  • Endurance: 3 hours 0 minutes




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