Tuesday 21 July 2020

MS 760 Aeroplane (France, 1960)

To the skies! It’s been a while since we had an aviation stamp on show, so here’s the Morane-Saulnier MS 760 Paris for your delectation.

Based on earlier designs for a military jet, the MS 760 was a four-seater jet trainer and liaison aircraft, first flown in 1954 and officially launched by the Morane-Saulnier company in 1959. Training versions of the craft were used by the French, British, Dutch, Brazilian and Argentinian Air Forces, among others. A civilian model gained some popularity as an executive jet but a joint venture in the US was eclipsed by the launch of the Lear Jet.

The Morane-Saulnier Company, by the way, was founded in 1911. If you want an internet rabbit hole to go down, I highly recommend the early history of aviation in France. The Wright Brothers might have got things started, but it was the French who were at the forefront of innovation with wings.



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