The MMP Camera On series features rare and stunning images, as in this new photo study of the MS.406. The book features over 150 previously unseen images, many from private sources in Germany. – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Camera On 14, Moraine Saulnier MS.406 FILE: R3050 AUTHOR: Bartlomiej Belcarz PUBLISHER: Mushroom Model Publications BINDING: soft back PRICE: £15.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, French Air force, Battle of France, monoplane, fighter aircraft, single seat, loss rate
IMAGE: B3050.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yx3mdzef LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The MMP Camera On series features rare and stunning images, as in this new photo study of the MS.406. The book features over 150 previously unseen images, many from private sources in Germany. – Highly Recommended. The French Air Force faced a similar challenge to that affecting the Royal Air Force. During the 1920s and early 1930s, politicians had been spending the 'peace dividend' confident that there would be no more wars. Then reality set in and there was a scramble to rebuild military organizations for war and equip them with modern equipment. Budgetary considerations suddenly took back seat in favour of correcting the serious negligence. In France, Moraine Saulnier followed a similar path to that of Sidney Camm and his Hawker Hurricane. It was clear to all leading designers that the technical solution to achieve best performance was to throw away the traditional designs and start again with a monocoque fuselage and thin monoplane wing that drew from the lessons of the Schneider Trophy racing float planes. However the disadvantage was that this would involve using new materials and create many challenges in building reliable production lines that could turn out adequate numbers of aircraft. The Hurricane and the MS.406 were very good compromises that employed familiar and proven techniques of a skeleton structure that was clad in fabric or thin metal sheets. In Britain the approach was proven when the Hurricane started arriving ahead of the much more ambitious Spitfire. The Hurricane then both shot down many more German aircraft during the Battle of Britain and survived battle damage that could be rapidly repaired on the squadrons. The MS.406 suffered because the French had failed to appreciate the importance of a modern command and control system that was receiving data from radar. As a result, their aircraft often failed to take off before the Germans began strafing the airfields, or were sent out on air patrol, leaving them short of fuel when the Germans arrived. The most numerous French fighter, the MS.406, suffered a very high casualty rate with some 400 machines being lost in the air and on the ground during the Battle of France. When the Germans moved on to the Battle of Britain, they were amazed and daunted to find so many RAF fighters in position to shoot them down. With the same command and control system, the French might have achieved a similar result with their fighters. The MS.406 was generally regarded as a good aircraft to take off, fly and land. Reasonably vice free, its speed took some pilots by surprise and the retractable undercarriage could also be forgotten, problems familiar to young British pilots as they tried to master the Hurricane and Spitfire. The descriptive text in this book covers the introduction of the MS.406, its characteristics and deployment. The photographs cover the aircraft very well and the number of images of downed aircraft and wrecks reflects the high loss rate. This is another fine photo-essay from a respected special interests publisher.