|Type BB, Type BH|
|RFC Morane-Saulnier BB|
|Primary user||Royal Flying Corps|
The Morane-Saulnier BB was a military observation aircraft produced in France during World War I for use by Britain's Royal Flying Corps. It was a conventional single-bay biplane design with seating for the pilot and observer in tandem, open cockpits. The original order called for 150 aircraft powered by 110-hp Le Rhône 9J rotary engines, but shortages meant that most of the 94 aircraft eventually built were delivered with 80 hp Le Rhône 9C rotaries instead. A water-cooled Hispano-Suiza 8A engine was trialled as an alternative in the Type BH, but this remained experimental only. A production licence was sold to the Spanish company Compañía Española de Construcciones Aeronáuticas (CECA), which built twelve fitted with Hispano-Suiza engines in 1916.
- official French government STAe designation for the BB
- official French government STAe designation for the BH
- Le Rhône 9J rotary powered variant
- Hispano-Suiza 8A V-8 powered variant
- CECA-MS or CECA-Saulnier
- designations used for BB/BH built in Spain
- Royal Flying Corps
- Royal Naval Air Service
Data from Parmentier
- Crew: Two, pilot and observer
- Length: 7.00 m (23 ft 0 in)
- Wingspan: 8.65 m (28 ft 5 in)
- Height: 2.54 m (8 ft 4 in)
- Wing area: 23.0 m2 (247 ft2)
- Gross weight: 750 kg (1,650 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Le Rhône 9Ja, 82 kW (110 hp)
- Maximum speed: 147 km/h (92 mph)
- Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,000 ft)
- 1 × flexible, rearward-firing .303 Lewis gun for observer
- Taylor 1989, 684
- "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft", 2538
- Bruce 1982, p.306.
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- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft. London: Aerospace Publishing.
- Bruce, J.M. (1982). The Aeroplanes of the Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-30084-X.
- Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions.
- Parmentier, Bruno. "Morane-Saulnier BB". Aviafrance - Un siècle d'aviation française. Retrieved 2008-11-07.