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Circa Morane Saulnier N / Bullet



The Morane Saulnier N or Bullet is an earlier WW1 Design, one of the first to have a gun that fired through the propeller requiring deflector plates on the propeller. This Shoulder wing design was faster than anything around at the time despite being wire braced.

The replica is constructed just like the Nieuport, of tubes and gussets, but has the addition of 1/8 plywood formers and stringers to round out the fuselage. Builders could forego the formers and change the tail to produce a Pfalz (the German variant). The Morane replica has proper ailerons, as they did on the later models, and the flying stabilator can be split into stab and elevator. It flew well either way.

Best Performance with Rotax or Hirth ~ 500cc 2.5 or 3:1 reduction. VW is possible, but performance will suffer appreciably in acceleration and climb due to short propeller diameter. Rotax 503 will swing a 72 X 33 or 68 X 34 and really perform. VW’s will swing 60 or 61 inch @ 3000 RPM with just over Half the thrust.

Wingspan: 23 ft 10 in
Wing Area: 117.5
Length: 19 ft 3 in
Height: ~6 ft
Weight: ~275 lbs empty
Fuel Tank: Up to 12 US gal.
Stall: mid 30's
Cruise: mid 70's
Top Speed: 100+
Never Exceed: 115
Gross wt.: 600 lbs
G Factor: 5.7+ 2.8-

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