WW1 photo of English aviator and a Morane-Saulnier plane

$20.00 CAD

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Aviator and  a couple of other people with a Morane-Saulnier plane in a muddy field.

Written on back:

Avion Francaise
Type Morane
Monte par un aviateur Anglais


Glue and paper remnants where mounted in album.

8,50 x 11 cm

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)


The Morane-Saulnier L, or Morane-Saulnier Type L, or officially MoS-3, was a French parasol wing one or two-seat scout aeroplane of the First World War. The Type L became one of the first successful fighter aircraft when it was fitted with a single machine gun that fired through the arc of the propeller, which was protected by armoured deflector wedges. Its immediate effectiveness in this role launched an arms race in fighter development, and the Type L was swiftly rendered obsolete. The original Type L used wing warping for lateral control, but a later version designated Type LA was fitted with ailerons.

Built by Morane-Saulnier, large numbers of the Type L were ordered by the French Aviation Militaire at the outbreak of the war. In total about 600 Type Ls were built and, in addition to the French air force, they served with the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service and the Imperial Russian Air Service.