|First flight||July 1914|
Design and development
The Morane-Saulnier T was a large, five-bay biplane of conventional configuration, with unstaggered wings of equal span. The conical rear fuselage and large triangular vertical stabilizer were reminiscent of a scaled-up version of some Morane-Saulnier fighter designs. The engines were mounted tractor-fashion in streamlined nacelles supported by struts in the interplane gap and the propellers were fitted with large spinners. The landing gear consisted of two main units, each of which had two wheels joined by a long axle, plus a tailskid and an auxiliary nosewheel. Three open cockpits in tandem were provided: one in the nose for a gunner, and others for the pilot and a second gunner placed further back.
Although designed as a bomber, the French Army ordered the type in 1916 hoping to use it either as a bomber escort or reconnaissance aircraft. While this order called for 100 aircraft, only a small number were built before production was cancelled.
Data from Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War I, 117
- Crew: Three, pilot and two gunners
- Wingspan: 17.65 m (57 ft 11 in)
- Powerplant: 2 × Le Rhône, 60 kW (80 hp) each
- Maximum speed: 156 km/h (97 mph)
- Service ceiling: 4,500 m (15,000 ft)
- Taylor 1989, 685
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft, 2540
- Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War I, 117
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