While this post is a little late in appearing, progress on the Morane has continued.  On Father’s Day weekend, the Morane made its second appearance at the Gathering of Eagles, Great War Fly-in at Gardner, Kansas.  This is a long-standing gathering of World War I aviation enthusiasts, although it seems to have given over to the builders of reduced scale versions of these aircraft rather than the full-size replicas. 

All hands were on deck to remove the Morane from the trailer and roll it to the flight line.
All hands were on deck to remove the Morane from the trailer and roll it to the flight line.

While the AI wasn’t the only Moraine-Saulnier design present, it was the only full sized airplane at the show.  Even though the wings were not installed, the airplane garnered a great deal of interest.  Many people remembered seeing it last year and were pleased to see that it is nearly ready to assemble and fly.  As far as we can tell, there are no flying Morane-Saulnier AI’s in the United States (original or replica) and only three originals flying in Europe.

Sporting its new colors, the Morane joined the aircraft on the flight line.
Sporting its new colors, the Morane joined the aircraft on the flight line.

We are still hoping that before the leaves drop this fall, we will see the Morane take to the air.

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