Morane-Borel monoplane

Morane-Borel Monoplane

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The Morane-Borel monoplane (sometimes referred to with the retronym Morane-Saulnier Type A or simply the Morane monoplane) was an early French single-engine, single-seat aircraft. It was flown in several European air races.


The Monoplane was a conventional design for its day, a mid-wing monoplane with fixed tailskid undercarriage. The wooden framework of the rear fuselage was left uncovered in some aircraft. Its powerplant was a 50 hp rotary engine driving a two-blade wooden propeller.

Operational history

The Monoplane achieved fame when Jules Védrines flew one to victory in the 1911 Paris-Madrid air race, the only competitor to finish the four-day course. Emile Taddéoli was another owner of a Morane monoplane.

A float-equipped version flew in the round-Britain Hydro-Aeroplane trial of 1912. This led to the development of a two-seater, of which eight were purchased by the Royal Navy and used as spotter aircraft until the outbreak of World War I.

Surviving examples

In 2007, a single example remains extant, undergoing conservation work at the Canada Aviation Museum


: Royal Navy
: Brazilian Navy



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