Morane-Saulnier MS-500 Criquet

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Morane-Saulnier
Markings
Italian Air Force, North Africa, 1940
Designation
MS-500
Serial Number
724

Morane-Saulnier MS-500 Criquet

The Fieseler Storch was introduced in 1936 as a short take-off and landing liaison aircraft and battlefield scout for the German Luftwaffe. The Storch, or Stork, proved to be one of the best aircraft of its type in any air force during World War II and was used extensively wherever German troops fought. Factories in both France and Czechoslovakia built Fi-156s for the Luftwaffe; in fact, more were produced in France than in Germany. After the liberation of France the Morane-Saulnier Company continued to produce Storks, under the designation MS-500. Production of these aircraft continued until 1949.

Specifications
Wingspan 46 ft 9 in
Length 32 ft 6 in
Height 9 ft 10 in
Weight 2,910 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 109 mph
Service Ceiling 15,000 ft
Range 600 miles
Engines 1 Argus As-10C, eight cylinder with 240 horsepower
Crew 2