Morane-Saulnier Type LA
|First flight||late 1914 |
|Introduction||summer 1915 |
|Primary users|| France|
|Number built||unknown, but 24 for RFC|
|Wingspan||10.3 m (33 ft 9 in) |
|Engine||80hp Le Rhône 9J rotary|
|Armament||rear flexible Lewis or|
fixed MG with deflector plates
|Max Speed||121 km/h (75 mph) - 135 km/h (84 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 6:10|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 14:00-15:25
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 29:25
The Morane-Saulnier Type LA was a Type L fitted with redesigned wings with ailerons and a faired fuselage of circular cross-section. Like the Type L, it was usually flown with a rear, flexible Lewis gun for the observer, but at least one was fitted with propeller bullet deflectors for a front-firing, fighter-style gun.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Morane-Saulnier L.
- Davilla, p.316.
- Lamberton, p.76.
- Lamberton, p.218-220.
- Davilla, p.318.