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Now on display as part of Plane of the Month program!

The Morane-Saulnier MS-500 Criquet is a French-built version of the Fieseler Fi-156 Storch first produced in Germany in 1935. During the German occupation of France during WWII, Fieseler Storch were built at the Morane-Saulnier factory in Puteaux (just west of Paris) for the Luftwaffe. After the country was liberated in August 1944, Morane-Saulnier continued to build these aircraft for the French military under the name MS-500 Criquet. More than 900 Criquet planes were built before production ended in 1965.

History of The Aircraft

On loan from Steve Hoffman, this aircraft is the fourth MS-500 built by the Morane-Saulnier company. It is essentially the same as a Fi-156 Storch model C-7 mounted with a 240 horsepower Argus As-10C engine. Beginning in September 1944, the French Army used this plane to perform a variety of liaison missions. The airplane was transferred to French Indochina in July 1946 where it was used at the Tan Son Nhut Air Base near Saigon until 1955. This Criquet was again transferred, this time to the French province of Algeria. There, it was used for reconnaissance missions and convoy escort duty. It was retired from service in 1958 and placed in long-term storage at a French military depot. It was purchased as surplus during the 1970s and was imported into the United States. Ownership of the plane changed hands several times before the current owner acquired and restored it in 2018.


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