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   Due to the shape of its nose, the Morane-Saulnier Type N was aptly nicknamed the "Bullet." Built in small numbers, it was the first French aircraft specifically developed as a fighter. Armed with a fixed, forward firing machine gun, its propeller was protected by the metal deflector plates pioneered by Roland Garros on the Morane-Saulnier Type L. Although it was faster and more maneuverable than previous aircraft, the Bullet was extremely difficult to fly and unpopular with pilots. Cecil Lewis described it as "a very small aeroplane, so small that nobody above five feet six inches could get into it..." 1

1 Lewis, Cecil. Farewell to Wings. London: Temple Press Books, 1964
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Morane-Saulnier N Specifications
Country: France
Manufacturer: Société des Aéroplanes Morane-Saulnier
Type: Fighter
First Introduced: 1914
Number Built: 49
Engine: Le Rhône 9C, 9 cylinder, air cooled rotary, 80 hp
Wing Span: 26 ft 8½ in (8.15 m)
Length: 19 ft 1½ in (5.83 m)
Height: 7 ft 4½ in (2.25 m)
Empty Weight:
Gross Weight: 976 lb (444 kg)
Max Speed: 90 mph (144 km/h)
Ceiling: 13,123 ft (4000 m)
Endurance: 1½ hours
Crew: 1
Armament: 1 machine gun
Morane-Saulnier N Aces (1)
1 England Grenfell, Eustace Osborne 5
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