The first modern fighter introduced in the French Air Force, the Morane-Saulnier MS 406 was also the first mass-produced plane of the french aeronautical industry. Although fairly maneuverable and armed with a 20mm main gun firing through the propeller hub, its lack of speed for an airplane (400km/h), a pair of weak 7.5mm light machine guns, and a partially wooden frame made the MS 406 vulnerable. Overall an average plane that is more comfortable strafing ground targets than fighting duels, it should fly in pairs to have a hope against enemy fighters.
The MS406 was France's first fighter aircraft with a enclosed cockpit and retractable undercarriage, and its prototype flew for the first time in August 1938. The French Air Force ordered 1000 slightly altered MS406s.
Strafing ground targets is the MS406's power, whereas its light frame, low speed and a pair of weak machine guns make the MS406 vulnerable in dog-fighting. To be a fighter, it is extremely slow as even advanced American bombers are faster, and research must be done as-soon-as-possible to the D520.
- It is advised to use these as a air defense other then attack and be supported by ground anti air due to its weak attack.
- It is also highly recommended to research the more effective D520 when you get a French airfield.
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