The Morane Saulnier Type AI
Morane Saulnier seemed to be infatuated with parasol fighters from
early on. As a result of this focus they made many different designs,
with one of the more attractive ones being the A-I. Not only was this
an attractive fighter, but it was an effective one as well, finding
its way into service well after the end of the First World War.
Sgt. Rufus R. Rand, Jr.
Escadrille MSP 158
One of the first MoS AI squadrons was MSP 158 and they were quick to
add their unique unit emblem to the fuselage sides. Standard five-color
French camouflage was used consisting of dark brown (Methuen 5E3), dark
green (3F6), light green (3C5), beige (4C4) and pale yellow (4C3). For
accurate out-of-the-bottle paint matches, check the French
Colors section of the World
War One Modeling website.
Sgt. Walter J Shaffer
Escadrille MSP 156
The standard 5-color French camouflage is offset by the striking Escadrille
MSP 156 badge consisting of two swallows on an orange-yellow trapezoid.
Shaffer's personal number '11' was painted in red on the rear fuselage.
Swiss Air Force
The Swiss Air Force received a single MoS AI for evaluations but it
was never adopted as a main fighter of the Swiss Fliegertruppe. Swiss
roundels were painted over the existing French ones and the rudder was
painted over, hiding the serial number. No other markings were applied.
Belgian Air Force
This is one of three MoS AIs supplied to the Belgian Air Force in 1918.
The Morane Saulnier logo was moved from the cowling to the rudder and
the thistle marking of the 9e Escadrille was applied. No lower wing
roundels were carried.
Polish Air Force
Poland flew many French planes in the early 1920s as it built up its
fledgling air force. This MoS AI was painted in overall olive drab,
with the Polish national insignia in six positions. A white '21' on
the fuselage was the only identifying mark carried.