Title: Morane-Saulnier MS406

The MS406 was one of the first modern French fighters of WW2, the first Morane-Saulnier low-wing monoplane and the first to feature an enclosed cockpit and a retractable undercarriage. Nevertheless it was somewhat underpowered and weakly armed compared to its contemporaries, and although over 1,000 were built between 1938 and 1940, surviving examples quickly became obsolete and were relegated to training.

The aircraft did attract some export interest initially, and Switzerland obtained a production licence in 1938. Aircraft built by the Federal Aircraft Works were known as the D-3800 and D-3801 and were fitted with many design improvements and Swiss equipment and armament.

This title contains the Swiss pilots manual for the D-3800/01 (in German), and two French manuals for the MS406, a pilot’s manual and a maintenance and repair manual, along with the Aircraft Profile for the MS406. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.



This title contains:

  • Swiss Air Force Pilot’s Manual (titled “Bedienungsvorschrift Fur Piloten”) for the D-3800/01 dated 1949/53 with approx. 76 pages. (In the German language.)
  • Notice D’Entretien et de Reparation (Maintenance and Repair manual) for the Morane-Saulnier Type 406C-1, with “NCB 22” handwritten on the cover, undated but with a date stamp of 14 Mars 1940 on the cover, with approx. 173 pages. (In the French language).
  • Notice de Manoeuvre (Pilot Manual) for the MS 406, Classified “Secret”, dated 1939 with approx. 59 pages. (Pages 38,39 and 42,43 appear to be missing.) (In the French language.)
  • Aircraft Profile publication No 147 covering the Morane-Saulnier MS406 dated 1967 with 12 pages.