Morane-Saulnier Epervier

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MS.1500 Epervier
Role Ground-attack and reconnaissance monoplane
National origin France
Manufacturer Morane-Saulnier
First flight 12 May 1958
Number built 2

The Morane-Saulnier MS.1500 Epervier (en: Sparrowhawk) was a 1950s French two-seat ground attack and reconnaissance aircraft.[1] Designed and built by Morane-Saulnier to meet a French Air Force requirement, it did not enter production.[1]

Development[edit]

Designed to meet a requirement for a tactical reconnaissance and counter-insurgency aircraft for use by the French Air Force in Algeria the Epervier was a tandem two-seat low-wing cantilever monoplane.[1] Powered by a 700hp (522kW) Turbomeca Bastan turboprop the MS.1500 had a fixed tailwheel landing gear.[1] The prototype first flew on the 12 May 1958 powered by a 400 hp (300 kW) Turboméca Marcadau turboprop.[2] A second prototype was built but the type did not enter production.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 10.58 m (34 ft 9 in) [2]
  • Wingspan: 13.06 m (42 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 3.30 m (10 ft 10 in) [2]
  • Wing area: 24.0 m2 (258 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,500 kg (3,307 lb) [2]
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,850 kg (6,283 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Turbomeca Bastan turboprop, 520 kW (700 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 315 km/h (196 mph; 170 kn)
  • Range: 1,300 km; 702 nmi (808 mi) maximum[2]
  • Rate of climb: 8.00 m/s (1,575 ft/min) minimum[2]

Armament

  • Rockets: 6 × rocket pods
  • Bombs: 6 × 50kg (110lb) ant-personnel bombs or

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f Orbis 1985, p. 2560
  2. ^ a b c d e f Green & Pollinger, 1959, p.186-7
Bibliography
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 
  • Green, William; Pollinger, Gerald (1959). The Observer's Book of Aircraft. London & New York: Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd.